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Florida GOP seeks to showcase Patrick Murphy’s love affair with Obamacare

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As U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy starts the first day of his U.S. Senate bid, the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) welcomed the Jupiter Democrat to the race by showcasing one notable coincidence.

Murphy joined the race on the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

“The RPOF warmly welcomes liberal-insider Patrick Murphy into the race for the U.S. Senate,” said RPOF Chair Blaise Ingoglia in a statement.  “We also applaud him for the impeccable timing of this announcement, as it comes on the same day as the five-year anniversary of Obamacare.”

According to the RPOF, Murphy’s announcement is the “optimal time” to highlight his “long history of support for the flawed, job-killing federal mandate,” which they say many Americans want repealed.

“And, while he’ll undoubtedly try and continue to run away from his record of overwhelming support for Obamacare and voters can expect to hear him parrot Republican talking points on TV and in ads, his votes and track record can speak for themselves,” Ingoglia said.

In 2012, Murphy campaigned as a supporter of the ACA, saying Obamacare is a step in the right direction and that it needed time to work.

“The repeal of healthcare reform would be an extraordinary step backwards,” Murphy’s website says.

“We look forward to voters getting to know the real Patrick Murphy, who supports Obamacare, runs with the standard bearers of the Democratic Party and puts DC interests ahead of his constituents,” Ingoglia said.

Ingoglia concluded by asking readers to visit, launched by the RPOF just that morning, which points out Murphy’s “troubling” track record.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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