West puts Murphy college mug shot on sign, accuses him of ‘racist attacks,’ Murphy calls it ‘desperate’by George Bennett | October 30th, 2012
FORT PIERCE — The campaign of U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Palm Beach Gardens, has begun posting signs that feature a 2003 mug shot of Democratic rival Patrick Murphy and urge voters to “REJECT Patrick Murphy’s Racist Attacks on Allen West.”
Murphy, attending a meet-and-greet with former Gov. Charlie Crist in Port St. Lucie today, called the signs “a desperate attack on his part. I think he sees the numbers, he sees the polls.”
As a 19-year-old University of Miami student in 2003, Murphy was arrested outside a Miami Beach club for disorderly intoxication and possessing a fake driver license.
The intoxication charge was ultimately dropped and the fake ID charge was dismissed. Murphy called it “the biggest mistake of my life.”
West has already featured the mug shot in two TV ads.
The accusation of “racist attacks” refers to an August TV ad by a super PAC bankrolled primarily by Murphy’s father, Thomas P. Murphy Jr.. The ad showed a cartoonish likeness of West, who is black, with a shiny tooth punching white women and taking money from a black family. West said the ad played on racial stereotypes, but an NAACP official disagreed and called it “a typical campaign ad.”