New Patrick Murphy ad touts CPA experience to fix problems in Congress

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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.

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.