Murphy and Democratic super PAC launch ads highlighting West’s ‘neutering’ remarkby George Bennett | September 20th, 2012
Democratic House hopeful Patrick Murphy and a Democratic super PAC have both launched ads this week featuring a 2011 clip of Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West decrying “all these women that have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness.”
West campaign manager Tim Edson accused Murphy and the House Majority PAC of “playing games with out of context clips” because, in a longer clip, West was directing his remarks to the conservative Women Impacting the Nation group against “these Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women.”
West holds roughly a 4-to-1 fundraising advantage over Murphy. But Murphy is getting air support from at least three outside groups so far: a super PAC financed largely by Murphy’s father, Thomas P. Murphy Jr.; the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is running an ad slamming West on Medicare; and the new ad by the House Majority PAC, which is reportedly spending $1 million to air the spot.
West, who has raised more than $10 million, has produced a fusillade of his own ads and has also been aided recently by a super PAC that has made a $481,590 ad buy.