Murtha Charges that Hoyer's Iraq Position is "Stay the Course"

By David Noss

The battle between House Democrats Steny Hoyer (Md.) and John Murtha (Pa.) for the position of House Majority Leader heated up today as Murtha attacked Hoyer's position on Iraq. In a statement released today, Murtha took his shot at Hoyer.

"The Pelosi-Murtha position on the war is the reason the Democrats are in the majority today," said Murtha. "Congressman Hoyer's position has been to stay the course with President Bush from the very beginning and, like Senator John McCain, he advocates sending in more troops."

Hoyer's office was quick to respond with a statement of their own in which they claim that Hoyer's position has been consistent with that of Murtha.

“Congressman Hoyer and Congressman Murtha have joined other Democratic leaders from both the House and Senate in signing three letters to the President that outline the consensus among Democrats regarding Iraq,” said Stacey Farnen Bernards, Hoyer’s press secretary. “Any representation that Congressman Hoyer endorses a ‘stay-the-course’ strategy or advocates sending more troops to Iraq is wrong.”

The House Democrats will elect the Majority Leader this Thursday by secret ballot.


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