U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an influential critic of the Iraq War whose congressional career was shadowed by questions about his ethics, died Monday. He was 77.
The Pennsylvania Democrat had been suffering complications from gallbladder surgery. He died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., spokesman Matthew Mazonkey said.
The democrats lost a one of the leaders when John Murtha died. He was plagued by scandals all through his 36 years in the house of representatives, but was reelected 18 times.
Murtha was one of the figures in the Abscam scandal in 1980. He was offered a bribe of $50,000 and turned it down, but qualified his refusal by saying, "We do business for a while, maybe I'll be interested and maybe I won't,"