Does new anti-West attack ad from Murphy’s father’s PAC go too far?by George Bennett | August 9th, 2012
UPDATED with response from West.
A new ad attacking U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Palm Beach Gardens, is lighting up the conservative blogosphere and has drawn a red-letter headline on The Drudge Report for depicting West “punching white women, stealing money.”
The ad is by American Sunrise, the PAC that’s largely bankrolled by Democratic congressional candidate Patrick Murphy‘s father, Coastal Construction CEO Thomas Murphy Jr. The ad depicts West in boxing gloves punching women and a family and taking cash from the family to illustrate that West has “socked it to seniors” and “whacked women” and “mauled middle-class families.”
Conservative South Florida blogger Javier Manjarres noted that both the women getting hit in the ad are white while West is black. The item on Manjarres’ Shark Tank blog was picked up by the Glenn Beck-founded blog The Blaze and then by Drudge.
West issued this response this afternoon:
“I spent my life in uniform fighting for our great nation and protecting all Americans. The ad being run against me by my opponent’s family depicting violence against women and senior citizens is reprehensible. It plays on stereotypes and fear to divide Americans, and it cheapens the very real and tragic occurrences of violence against women and seniors. The American people are suffering from crushing debt, horrific tax and regulatory policies, and epic unemployment. This classless ad shows a lack of regard for the issues plaguing our nation. This ad reflects the sad state of politics in our Republic with those who seek to destroy a person’s character to cover for their lack of intellectual ability and integrity.”