Murtha hospitalized, in intensive care

Pennsylania Democrat reportedly suffering from complications related to gallbladder surgery

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 2, 2010 4:58PM (EST)

Multiple outlets are reporting that Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., has been hospitalized, and is in intensive care.

The congressman had gallbladder surgery in December; his current hospitalization is reportedly due to complications from that.

A longtime veteran of the House, Murtha has been more prominent in recent years, ever since he came out to call for a withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. He's been having a rough go of it lately, though, as his ties to defense contractors and pork barrel habits in general have been earning him some close scrutiny.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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