Anti-Murtha website stays up during Pennsylvania special election

The Republican candidate running to replace the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) has a website called votemurthaout.com, even though Murtha died more than two months ago.

The only content on the site is GOP nominee Tim Burns's statement on Murtha's death. Some of the links don’t work, but the button for campaign contributions does.

It also links directly to Burns’s Twitter account, which updates regularly on the site. Ballot Box asked Burns's campaign why they didn't remove the site or have the link redirect people to his main campaign site: timburnsforcongress.com.

"The site has not been updated recently and has only remained live with Tim Burns’ statement about the unfortunate passing of Congressman Murtha and highlighting Mr. Murtha’s dedication to public service," Burns campaign spokesman Kent Gates said. "Therefore, there is no need for it to be re-directed to the main site which is focused on the current Special Election for the remainder of the term.”

Burns was running against Murtha before the longtime lawmaker died on Feb. 8. Now Burns is running against a former aide to the congressman in the May 18 special election.