“This is the town that Jack built, earmark by earmark, into an oasis of economic development projects for 36 years.”

April 20th, 2012

But Tuesday could mark the end of the late Rep. John Murtha’s (D) empire. . .  .

In Johnstown, Critz’s defeat would mean the end of the Murtha legacy and the demise of the enterprise commonly known on Capitol Hill as “Murtha Inc.” . . .

Since Murtha’s death in early 2010, there have been significant changes for Johnstown. For one, Members don’t earmark funds anymore like the Pennsylvania power player did for decades.

The late Congressman’s name appears on dozens of buildings in the Johnstown area, from the John P. Murtha Regional Cancer Center to the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport. The lawmaker ushered to town many more projects that don’t bear his name, such as the weapons factory at Nammo Talley Defense.

Wither Johnstown, PA.

“I don’t see economic growth here in Beaver Falls. I see desperation,” Mary Bentley, a 47-year-old undecided Democrat, told Altmire. “I tell all my three children to run as far away as they can from Western Pennsylvania.”