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Weighing in at ocean-liner speed to last Friday's announcement, 12th District candidate William Russell questioned the Navy decision to name a ship after the late Rep. John Murtha. His release:

(JOHNSTOWN, PA) – Republican 12th Congressional District candidate William Russell today called on U.S. Navy Secretary Ray


"Even the media is questioning Secretary Mabus's decision to name a new ship after Mr. Murtha," Russell said. "The Washington Times called it (Mr. Murtha's) 'highest undeserved honor,' and as a veteran I find this particularly offensive. In fact, I stood up against Mr. Murtha's comments back in 2008  when it was a matter of conviction and not just political expediency. I was even threatened for my position of defending those brave Marines."


Russell has called on veteran's groups around the country to express their displeasure with the Navy Secretary's decision.

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