Dem and Repub political conflict in house


Roll Call reminds us that any talk of monolithic control by party is unlikely for Democrats. I am glad there are no ‘first 100 days’ goal posts for whoever wins the presidency…and watching certain races, such as Pelosi’s as well.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is turning a blind eye to his one-time rival Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), even as the veteran lawmaker appeals for help in what’s become the political fight of his career.

In recent days, Murtha has been turning to his fellow lawmakers for money, and many have answered the call — flooding his coffers with more than $130,000 in past few days.

But Hoyer, who dueled with Murtha two years ago for the Majority Leader post, has not. That makes him the only elected member of House Democratic leadership yet to contribute to the Pennsylvania Democrat’s suddenly tight re-election battle.

Hoyer and Murtha’s bitter contest in 2006 divided the Caucus and prompted then Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to weigh in on behalf of Murtha, her longtime ally. Hoyer won the race by 63 votes in what Pelosi at the time acknowledged was a “stunning victory.” But tensions between Hoyer and Murtha have lingered.