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CMR Sitrep
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Patrick Murphy’s GIMC and

In an article for titled "Don't Ask How Much to Repeal 'Don't Tell'," former Marine officer Ilario Pantano takes strong exception to "a neatly bundled vote wrapped in the flag with a camouflage bow on top. And a price tag."

Pantano is talking about the vote last month in the House of Representatives, led by Pennsylvania Democrat Patrick Murphy, a former Army JAG officer, which would repeal the law making homosexuals ineligible for military service (Section 654, Title 10, U. S. Code, usually mislabeled "Don't Ask, Don't Tell").

Pantano, now a Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina, accuses Congressman Murphy of betraying his "Blue Dog" (Capitol Hill-speak for "conservative Democrat") credentials, not to mention his former brothers-in-arms, for a political handout from an ultra-liberal Washington special interest group that is targeting the military for radical change.

And he is correct. A check of the Center for Responsive Politics’ reveals that Congressman Murphy’s largest campaign contributor since 2006 is the far-left, which contributed $88,112 in cumulative PAC funds to Patrick Murphy’s campaigns-almost $10,000 more than his second-largest contributor. is the same anti-war outfit that, as Pantano points out, has brought Americans "such patriotic hits as 'General Betray-us.'" In September 2007 the U.S. Senate approved a resolution sponsored by Texas Republican John Cornyn that denounced the group by name for its obnoxious New York Times full-page ad that distorted the good name of Gen. David H. Petraeus, the American Commander in Iraq at the time.

Then-Senator Barack Obama skipped that vote but issued a statement calling the Republican-sponsored resolution a "stunt." Now that President Obama has assigned Gen. Petraeus to lead the war in Afghanistan, will Congressman Murphy still take PAC funds from

In a Human Events article titled "Murphy's (LGBT) Law for the Military," CMR President Elaine Donnelly wrote about the disingenuousness of Murphy's "gays-in-the-military campaign" (GIMC). Not unlike other veterans in Congress, Murphy has been eager to draw voters' attention to his military service. (According to his 2008 autobiography Taking the Hill, Murphy served for seven months as a jump-qualified JAG lawyer with the 82nd Airborne, and served with a Brigade Operational Law Team (BOLT) for seven months in Iraq.) Voters also should be aware of the contradiction between Murphy's service as a soldier and the anti-military agenda and attitude of his most generous contributor,
posted by CMR Editor @ 6/23/2010 11:31:00 PM

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