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Murphy and other House Dems from Romney districts stick out in Benghazi, IRS votes

by George Bennett | May 12th, 2014

Democratic Reps. Ted Deutch (left) and Lois Frankel (center) voted with their party's leaders on Benghazi and Lois Lerner last week. Rep. Patrick Murphy (right), whose district voted for Mitt Romney in 2012, broke ranks with most Dems. (GARY CORONADO/THE PALM BEACH POST)

Only nine of the 435 districts in the House of Representatives sent a Democrat to Congress while being carried by Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 is one of those ticket-splitting districts. Voters there went 51.5 percent for Romney in 2012 while narrowly choosing Democrat Patrick Murphy over Republican Rep. Allen West.

When there’s a largely party-line vote in which a few Dems cross the aisle to join Republicans, there’s a good chance Murphy and the other Democrats from Romney districts will be among them. That was the case in last week’s votes to find former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress and to approve a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks were the latest examples.

Subscribers to can read more about it in this week’s Politics column.

Also in this week’s Politics column: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, offer different interpretations of the Benghazi vote; why an immigration reform activist who was a registered Democrat showed up at Gov. Rick Scott‘s campaign event in Greenacres.

2 Responses to “Murphy and other House Dems from Romney districts stick out in Benghazi, IRS votes”

  1. hey middle america Says:

    bs… smurphy knows he probably won’t win re election…this is a desperate attempt to show normal voters that he is normal but it won’t work

  2. BustedUpGrunt Says:

    Bad things happen in war. The Benghazi dead are casualties of war. Sad, but time to accept that and move on like we’ve done after the countless more killed in all of our other wars.
    The investigation is 100% pure, political theater, with absolutely no potential for revealing any potential preventive or corrective actions that may, or actually would be taken in the future by office-holders.
    To expect any politician or leader to make future decisions based on past lessons-learned or historical events is laughable. All their actions are based solely on election or reelection by making the opposition look bad….thus this investigation.
    This is all a waste of time, effort, and tax dollars.

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