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Murthapalooza- Shawn Bryan on Murtha

Our friend and BLACKFIVE correspondent Shawn Bryan spoke at a campaign rally yesterday and some of his comments about the Lummox Murtha caused a little stir. I was there and the remarks were perfectly appropriate in my mind.

NEW STANTON -- Republican congressional candidate Bill Russell's rally on Sunday featured several Iraq war veterans vehemently criticizing U.S. Rep. John Murtha (D-Johnstown), who they say betrayed them when he said troops in Iraq killed innocent civilians in Haditha "in cold blood."

Those remarks sparked Russell to run against Murtha and have been a theme of his campaign ever since.

During the rally, Shawn Bryan, a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps., said Murtha visited his unit in Iraq in 2005. At the time, Murtha told the troops "what a great job we did," Bryan said, only to see him tell his district back home he no longer supported the effort.

Bryan said he didn't put his life on the line for his country "just so some fat little bastard can come back and run his mouth."

The only problem I have with Shawn's remarks were the "little" part. He should have called him a gargantuan fat bastard. But at a rally it was a bit inflammatory and I sat down with Shawn today to talk about this.

David and I spent a bunch of time hammering Murtha on last week's radio show. It took a while but the podcast is up at the media site.