Murtha: Western Pennsylvania is racist

So he tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

U.S. Rep. John Murtha said today he expects Democratic nominee Barack Obama to carry Pennsylvania in next month’s presidential election. . . Mr. Murtha said it has taken time for the state’s voters embrace a black presidential candidate.

“There’s no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area,” said Mr. Murtha, whose district stretches from Johnstown to Washington County. “The older population is more hesitant.”

Right, there’s no other reason why Western Pennsylvanians might dislike Barack Obama.

It will be interesting to see how Murtha’s constituents (who are Western Pennsylvanians) like being accused of racism by their congressman.

ASIDE: The Post-Gazette oddly buries the lede; giving their story the bland title “Murtha expects Obama to win Pa.”

(Via the Corner.)

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