[Guest post by DRJ]
Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha has died from complications of gall bladder surgery:
“On Saturday, Feb. 6, the 19-term lawmaker became Pennsylvania’s longest serving member of Congress.
Murtha, who served as the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and was known as a defense hawk, made his voice heard on U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. Murtha also questioned the new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and would have been a pivotal voice in the congressional debate over the issue this spring.”
My condolences to his family, friends and staff.