It seems remarkable that The New York Times would even mention corruption in the Democratic Party and even more remarkable that they would mention a Representative from a district that is in "flyover country". (Speaking of the District, Wikipedia says of the 12th that it is "heavily gerrymandered, and they are not wrong.)
It isn't like Representative Murtha didn't start out on the right foot. He served in Korea as a Marine and also served in Viet-nam. In fact, he was the first Viet-nam vet to serve in Congress. He helped save the economically depressed District by his position in Congress, even ensuring the Penn Traffic Department Store♠ became the Intelligence Center for the War on Drugs.
Somewhere it began to fall apart. From being the winning coach he became the coach who was cheating to win. It is sad, really. Now The New York Times is calling for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives to press a "full-scale ethics inquiry." The editorial board has its reasons.
If not, the Murtha money trail could lead them back to the minority.So, it isn't about right vs wrong. It is all about the Republicans.
UPDATE (Hat tip to my Brother John, who teaches some ethics at DAU.)
The FBI is now on the case.
Regards — Cliff
♠ For Greater Lowell, think Bon Marche but with more floors. As a side note, my Father's Step Father, Elit Felix, used to work at Penn Traffic, in the credit department.