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GOP Candidate: Rep. Patrick Murphy 'Has No Political Gravitas'

By    |   Monday, 13 Oct 2014 03:30 PM

A Republican running for Congress in a district once represented by Allen West says the current officeholder, Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, is a party-switching political lightweight who "just wants to be a congressman" and is now trying to obscure his support of President Barack Obama.

Carl Domino, an investment manager and member of the Florida House of Representatives, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV on Monday that first-termer Murphy "has no political gravitas" and does a poor job of representing a redrawn district — Florida's 18th — that he narrowly won from tea partier West in 2012.

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"What we've got to do is show Patrick Murphy's changed from a Republican to a Democrat who accepted Obamacare, accepted amnesty, voted against securing the borders," said Domino. "On many issues he's voted right down the liberal line."

Political observers say Murphy leads in polls and in campaign fundraising in a district that now leans Democratic.

Calling himself a better businessman than political fundraiser, Domino said Murphy's cash advantage owes in part to donations from representatives of special interests — including a disgraced Wall Street figure, Danny Porush, who served prison time for defrauding investors.

After the donation was disclosed by local news media, Murphy said he would give the money to Porush's victims. Domino said the episode is typical of Murphy's habitual position-changing.

"Patrick Murphy ran commercials two years ago saying phooey on special interests, and then he's the biggest special-interests collector there is," said Domino.

Domino said Murphy also backed away from a costly Miami-Orlando commuter rail project that would have run through his district.

"He was giving speeches all over the district this year, last year, about [how] this was the best thing since sliced bread. [It] was going to create jobs," said Domino. "He wrote a letter to the Federal Department of Transportation, saying we've got to expedite this process.

"After I started opposing [the project], he said in April his eyes were opening and then he switched his position," said Domino.

Domino favors term limits for Congress and said he wants to see that body become more of a citizen legislature than a career destination.
 
He said voters "see politicians getting elected, going to Washington, getting stroked so much that they sort of forget why they went there."

"Washington is not going to solve all your problems," he said, "and when you think it is, you're building dependency on a system that will not help everyone."

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A Republican running for Congress in a district once represented by Allen West says the current office-holder, Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, is a party-switching political lightweight who "just wants to be a congressman."
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