National GOP buys cable TV time to slam Murphy on Obamacare, IRSby George Bennett | August 21st, 2013
Figuring that dislike of the federal health care law and the Internal Revenue Service make a potent twofer in a Republican-tinted congressional district, the National Republican Congressional Committee will begin a small cable TV ad buy on Thursday blasting freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, for voting against a bill to prohibit the IRS from administering or enforcing Obamacare.
Sources said the ad buy is about $10,000 and 105 gross rating points, considered minimal impact for political ads.
Murphy is a top target of the national GOP. He’s one of only nine Democrats in the nation elected to a House district that voted for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. With the election more than 14 months away, he’s one of 11 House Dems the NRCC has targeted with early ads.
Murphy has joined Republicans in a pair of bipartisan caucuses aimed at deficit reduction. And he broke with Democrats and joined House Republicans in recent votes to delay the implementation of the health care law’s business and individual mandates. But he voted against a GOP-sponsored “Keep The IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013″ on Aug. 2. The bill passed 232-185 but, as with other Republican House measures to repeal or scale back Obamacare, it’s unlikely to be considered by the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Three Republicans so far have opened campaigns for Murphy’s Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 seat — former state Rep. Carl Domino, Juno Beach Councilwoman Ellen Andel and former Connecticut GOP Senate nominee Alan Schlesinger.