In his latest campaign ad, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy draws on his experience as a Certified Public Accountant as providing the know-how necessary to reign in federal spending and cut unnecessary Congressional perks.
“I’m one of only 10 CPAs in Congress. We do numbers,” Murphy says in “Numbers Again,” a 30-second TV spot released Tuesday. “Like three, the number of times I’ve voted against Congressional pay raises. Or $56 billion. That’s how much government spending I cut, working across the aisle.”
Murphy also suggests another number – zero —as the amount Congress should be paid if they do not pass a budget.
The freshman Democrat from Jupiter faces Republican former state Rep. Carl Domino in his bid for a second term in Congress for Florida’s 18th Congressional District. “Numbers” is part of Murphy’s $1.4 million ad reservation for network and cable TV in the West Palm Beach-Treasure Coast market.
In a statement announcing the ad, Murphy also released the results a new poll, the first following August’s Republican primary.
Internal polling, conducted by Frederick Polls on Aug. 27-28 took a sample of 400 likely voters in Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Martin Counties to find Murphy leading Domino by a 21-point margin.
Murphy offers these numbers as proof of “strong crossover showing” among Republicans (25 percent) and independents (61 percent). He also touted a 67 percent favorability rating across the district.
Murphy’s polling memo is available online.
“Numbers Again” is available on YouTube.