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Murphy 1 of 7 Dems to get U.S. Chamber award; 1 of 6 voting to hold IRS official in contempt

by George Bennett | May 8th, 2014

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter

Freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, will make a pair of appearances Monday with a U.S. Chamber of Commerce official to highlight the pro-business group’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award, which goes to members of Congress who supported the Chamber’s agenda on at least 70 percent of votes in 2013.

The Chamber is handing out 206 of the awards in the House — but only seven to Democrats.

Murphy and the Chamber’s Moore Hallmark will appear at a Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce breakfast and a Martin County Council of Chambers of Commerce lunch on Monday. Murphy voted with the Chamber’s position on 10 of 13 selected votes in 2013 for a 77 percent score. The three other members of Palm Beach County’s House delegation — Democratic Reps. Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel and Alcee Hastings — each got 31 percent scores.

Murphy often highlights votes in which he joins Republicans since he represents a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district that has a slight Republican tilt and voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. Six Republicans are competing for the right to challenge him in November.

On Wednesday, Murphy was one of only six Democrats to join 225 Republicans in a vote to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about her role in delaying applications from conservative groups for tax-exempt status.

Murphy then was one of 26 Democrats to vote for a resolution calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate IRS targeting of conservative groups.

9 Responses to “Murphy 1 of 7 Dems to get U.S. Chamber award; 1 of 6 voting to hold IRS official in contempt”

  1. Overboard PR Campaign Says:

    Definitely, another PR campaign by Murphy and the Democrats. EVERY other day there’s a ‘story’, PR piece about the carpetbagger (3 moves and a change of political party).

    Got to say, he gets around. Visiting condos on Singer Island, going to Chamber of Commerce, All Aboard FL and now, the IRS.

    It’s the go along, until his vote is important to the democrats.

    What’s Murphy’s stance on Climate Change, on taxing people for every mile they drive, on changing EVERYBODY’s health insurance so that everyone is insured. That people WON’T be able to keep their doctors.

  2. kelly Says:

    Jumping on the IRS phony scandal bandwagon will not help your political career, Mr. Murphy. It smacks of pandering, just so you can say you “crossed the aisle” to work with your republican colleagues. Sounds so civilized but it’s really a transparent ploy. Please don’t turn into another typical Florida politician.

  3. Bob le flambeur Says:

    Bipartisanship, something Republicans can’t tolerate among their herd.

  4. John Says:

    How is targeting people based on their political beliefs not a scandal? The reason why our country is in the shape its in is because people like Kelly. Have your head in the sand and believe whatever their God OBama and his administration/political hacks tell you. This story should disturb all Americans and transcend politics.

  5. Poncho Says:

    @John… you are absolutely right. One day the other guy is going to be in power…. what you won’t read in the Palm Beach Post is that 10% of all people who have donated to the Tea Party has been audited by the IRS. That’s 10 PERCENT!!! This is nothing more than 0bama using the IRS as his goose stepping Brown Shirts

  6. Mad Dog Says:

    @kelly, maybe you are the phony one!
    @Bob, Bipartisanship,something Democrats can’t tolerate among their herd. For you Demos its our way or the highway!

  7. gethefax Says:

    Ofcourse its Political in nature and substance. Thats their calling!!! Just do the right thing for all concerned. You might not please everyone, but remember that God resist the proud and gives grace to the humble…Proverbs 3:34

  8. Bob le flambeur Says:

    Pew research indicates Democrats are more willing to work with the other party, more willing to work for the needs of people and are perceived as more honest. Republicans are just more extreme and more easily influenced by lobbyists.

  9. Ted the Nimble Says:

    We have a lot of work ahead of us to correct the whole HOPE and CHANGE. Its too bad Florida is being polluted by east coast democrats. Why can’t you people just stay in your over taxed liberal utopia.

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