http://washtimes.com/national/20070208-121345-5680r_page2.htm Pelosi defends request for jet By Rowan Scarborough and Charles Hurt THE WASHINGTON TIMES February 8, 2007 EXCERPT As her office pressed the Pentagon for a large plane, and a staunch ally, Rep. John P. Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat, called defense officials on her behalf, Mrs. Pelosi said she does not particularly want a military jet and would be happy to fly commercially. SNIP Mr. Murtha is playing hardball. "I don't need to pressure them," he told reporters, when asked about his calls to the Pentagon. "I just tell them what they need to do." Mr. Murtha warned the Pentagon against leaking information that makes Mrs. Pelosi look bad. "They're making a mistake when they leak it because she decides on allocations for them," he said, referring to the Pentagon budget. Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma Republican and chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, responded: "It is irresponsible and reckless for Congressman Murtha to use funding needed for the protection of our country and for our men and women in uniform as leverage in order for Nancy Pelosi to travel from coast to coast like a movie star. We are a country at war, and I think it is time for the Democrat majority to get their priorities straight."