Rival consultant blasts Murphy jobs brochure as ‘campaign piece’by George Bennett | February 24th, 2014
“This is an out-and-out campaign piece and abuse of taxpayer dollars,” Domino adviser Larry Casey said after seeing Murphy’s glossy brochure titled “A Plan For Jobs.”
About 500 of the booklets were printed at a cost of $2 apiece, Murphy Chief of Staff and campaign strategist Eric Johnson said. The money comes out of Murphy’s congressional office budget allotment, Johnson said, and the content of the pamphlet was reviewed and approved by the bipartisan House Franking Commission.Casey is a former congressional aide who worked most recently for the late Republican Rep. Clay Shaw. He said the Franking Commission has changed since Shaw left office in 2007. But Johnson, a Capitol Hill aide since 1997, contended Murphy’s booklet is similar to materials that Shaw and other members of Congress sent to constituents over the years. Johnson also compared Murphy’s brochure to taxpayer-financed newsletters that Domino sent as a member of the Florida House of Representatives. “Congressman Murphy takes communication with his constituents very seriously and the booklet is a very important part of that. This is his plan for jobs and people need to be able to see that,” Johnson said.
Casey also likened the circular stars-and-stripes symbol on the cover of Murphy’s booklet to President Obama’s campaign logo.
Said Johson: “It’s an American flag and I’m surpised they have an issue with that.”