GOP still lacks candidate, but begins online attacks on Murphyby George Bennett | April 3rd, 2013
The National Republican Congressional Committee today is beginning online video ad buys that attack freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter. The GOP is spending about $2,000 for the online ads against Murphy, one of seven Democrats being targeted around the U.S.
The ads say Murphy already “fits right in” in Washington D.C. and that, “While Florida families are trying to live within their means, Patrick Murphy voted against balancing our budget. He even voted to allow Congressmen to fly first class on the taxpayers’ dime.”
That claim is based on Murphy’s March 21 vote against the Republican budget submitted by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. The Ryan budget included a provision eliminating taxpayer-funded first class travel for members of Congress.
Murphy did break with most Democrats to vote for a Republican balanced-budget resolution this year. And while Murphy joined Dems in opposing the Ryan budget, he was one of the few House Democrats to vote against the major Democratic budget proposals as well, saying the plans put forward by his party weren’t serious about entitlement reform.
Murphy, who narrowly beat Republican Rep. Allen West in a GOP-leaning district in 2012, is a top GOP target for 2014, though Republicans haven’t fielded a challenger so far.