Murphy TV debut decries ‘the taunts, the name-calling, the bullying’ of Allen Westby George Bennett | July 17th, 2012
Democratic congressional hopeful Patrick Murphy is beginning the TV phase of his nationally watched campaign by likening U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Palm Beach Gardens, to a playground bully.
Murphy, 29, an accountant and vice president in his family construction business, is taking on freshman tea party celebrity West in Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18. West, whose $10 million in contributions make him one of the nation’s top fundraisers, began airing ads last month that acknowledge his reputation for controversial conservative rhetoric.
“Some say I push too hard. That I ask too much. My response – I’m just getting started. That’s the American way,” West says in a TV spot that began airing five weeks ago.
“Look, there’s no doubt Allen West says what he thinks,” Murphy says in one of his new ads. “But the taunts, the name-calling, the bullying – Congress shouldn’t be a kids’ playground.”
Murphy’s other ad features him on a construction site with a hard hat saying voters can change Washington by electing “a builder, not a talker.”