National GOP buys radio ads blasting Rep. Patrick Murphy on shutdownby George Bennett | October 3rd, 2013
The National Republican Congressional Committee is accusing freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, of allowing the government shutdown because he voted against a Republican spending bill on Monday night that also took aim at the federal health care law and benefits for members of Congress.
Less than four hours before the shutdown began, Murphy voted against a continuing resolution that also called for a one-year delay in implementing Obamacare’s individual mandate the elimination of the employer contribution for health insurance that members of Congress and their staffs receive.
Murphy is one of 10 Dems in competitive House districts being targeted with similar ads. Freshman Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami, is another target.
The ad, which the NRCC says began running today, says Murphy is “so out-of-touch that he voted to shut down the government in order to protect Congress’ taxpayer funded healthcare!”
Murphy announced shortly after Monday night’s vote that he won’t accept the health care subsidy and he challenged other members of Congress to do the same. He also voted in July to delay the individual mandate. But Murphy’s chief of staff, Eric Johnson, said Murphy did not support putting those measures into a continuing resolution.
“He thought that this was game-playing, that this was trying to use funding the government as hostage for getting through legislative proposals, even though these are proposals he supported,” Johnson said.
The NRCC didn’t say how much it is spending on the radio ads.