Congress can jog for exercise, says new Patrick Murphy ad

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If Congress wants exercise, they can go jogging, says U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy.

As a staunch critic of questionable benefits that come with elected office, Murphy launched “Jogging,” the second television in his re-election bid for Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

The 30-second spot follows Murphy’s recently announced $1.4 million ad reservation, backed by a significant network and cable TV buy in the West Palm Beach-Treasure Coast market.

“Jogging” has Murphy discussing his battle against perks since arriving in Washington D.C. He has been a vocal supporter of efforts to withhold member pay if a federal budget is not passed on time or when the government shuts down, as well as making broader cuts to annual Congressional salaries.

“When I got elected to Congress,” Murphy tells the camera while running through a park, “I found out there were all these special perks. Subsidized health care, pay raises, even a special gym for politicians. I said no to all of it. No to the pay raises. No to the health care. And no pay for Congress if they don’t pass a budget.”

“When I need a workout, I don’t need a congressional gym,” he adds. “A run right here is just fine.”

Murphy feels his opposition goes beyond the issue of pay, evidenced by refusing government subsidies for health care; he introduced legislation during the government shutdown to close the members-only gym in the U.S. House.

“With Congress’ inability to break through partisan gridlock to do their job of passing a budget on time or keeping the government up and running, Murphy has consistently supported efforts to block Congressional perks,” said campaign manager Anthony Kusich. “Standing with the residents of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches, Murphy agrees that members of Congress should get no special privileges.”

Six Republicans are in the Aug. 26 GOP primary to face Murphy in the fall, including former state Rep. Carl Domino, former Tequesta Councilmember Calvin Turnquest and former Connecticut legislator Alan Schlesinger.

“Jogging” is now available on YouTube.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.