On Hardball last night, Diana Irey sent in some questions they thought Matthews should ask Murtha earlier in the show. He wasn't too happy about it a
August 17, 2006

HB-Irey.jpg On Hardball last night, Diana Irey sent in some questions they thought Matthews should ask Murtha earlier in the show. He wasn't too happy about it and shows the level of incompetence her campaign has as they try to attack Murtha.

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Matthews: What are you—I got a letter here. I told you about it before we came on. This is a press release apparently issued by your press secretary. It was sent to me, with a list of 10 questions I‘m supposed to ask Murtha.

Here‘s one. The first one. “How hard is it for you”—I‘m supposed to ask this to Murtha; your press guy told me to do this—“knowing that my brother Jim, the Republican nominee from the (INAUDIBLE) of Pennsylvania, just appeared two days ago with your opponent Diana Irey to cut the ribbon at her new volunteer headquarters in your hometown of Johnstown?” Did you know about this letter coming to me, telling me what to ask Murtha and talking about my brother?

DIANA IREY ®, PA CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: These are press releases that have been formally sent out. And we put them all together to give you some questions for Mr. Murtha that he has not answered for...

MATTHEWS: Yes, well, what—tell me why you want me to ask him about my brother running for lieutenant governor. What relevance is that to anything here on this show?

IREY: I don‘t know it does have a relevance to what you‘re talking about at the moment. I just listened to your interview with Mr. Murtha. But these are just questions...

MATTHEWS: Well, do you think I should ask him—do you think I should put this question to Murtha or I should have put this question to Murtha?

IREY: Well...

MATTHEWS: What‘s the purpose of this question, to intimidate him or what?

IREY: No, I don‘t know what it was. But I‘ll tell you that you have a wonderful brother and he‘s going to do a good job leading Pennsylvania.

MATTHEWS: That could be the case, but let me ask you—do you think it was it right to have your flack bring this up as part of a setup for an interview with you?

IREY: I think what he was doing was just trying to give you some information so you‘d know what kind of questions we‘ve been asking Mr. Murtha.

MATTHEWS: OK. I think I don‘t need—one thing is—you know, I love my brother, I don‘t need to be reminded he‘s the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania. Let‘s move on to the substance, grown-up stuff here

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