New Patrick Murphy ad builds on promise to be “independent problem solver”

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In the first television ad for the Florida’s 18th Congressional District race, freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy reflects on his 2012 campaign promise to be an “independent problem solver” in Congress.

“Exactly That” is a set to run on network and cable TV in the West Palm Beach-Treasure Coast market starting this week. The 30-second spot is part of an expected $1.4 million ad buy for Murphy’s re-election effort.

In an independent analysis of every congressional representative’s voting record, Murphy was found to be in the top 5 percent of all members for sponsoring bipartisan legislation.

Murphy was also one of seven Democrats in the House to receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ award, which recognizes lawmakers who support reduced taxes and regulations, expanded international trade, and developing a positive business environment.

“Two years ago, I promised to be an independent fighter for you,” he says in the ad. “Since then, I’ve worked with Democrats and Republicans to author bills cutting $330 billion in wasteful spending and I’m ranked as one of the most-independent Members of Congress.”

Murphy’s campaign manager Anthony Kusich calls the commercial part of an effort to “cultivate enormous grassroots support” throughout the campaign.

“With partisan bickering causing historic levels of unproductivity in Congress,” he said, “the people of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches want someone in office who puts their interests above political affiliation.”

Six Republicans are in the Aug. 26 GOP primary for a chance to face Murphy in November; few have the cash advantage of the incumbent. With that in mind, the National Republican Congressional Committee is holding off  on fall television advertising for the CD 18 race.

“Exactly That” is also 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,,, 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.