Paul Kanjorski and Ed Mitchell proffered to the public about Kanjorski's seniority and it's (lack) of importance to Pennsylvania but more important to Kanjorski and his family.
In remebering John Murtha Ed Rendell offered these words that should make Paul Kanjorksi kringe.
Rendell said Murtha's death Feb. 8 at age 77 after complications from gallbladder surgery cost him a plainspoken friend and cost Pennsylvania "the best ally we ever had" in Washington.
Murtha's influence on Pennsylvania, and especially his ability to bring defense spending and jobs to the state following the steel industry meltdown of the 1970s and early '80s, was felt well beyond his 12th District, composed of parts of nine western counties, Rendell said.
"He was our go-to guy," Rendell said.
Rendell, who said that as mayor of Philadelphia he called upon Murtha for help, credited Murtha with saving the Philadelphia shipyard industry.
"Nobody is irreplaceable in the long run," Rendell said. "But he is as close to it as anybody I've seen."
Kanjorski never had the influence he claimed and never will.