Patrick Murphy adds $720K in ad buys, announces new TV spot

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy once again flexed his campaign muscles, with the announcement Tuesday that he added another $720K in ad reservations for his re-election effort.

Murphy already sunk $1.4 million into TV advertising for the race against Republican former state Rep. Carl Domino for Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

This latest ad buy guarantees Murphy will maintain a constant presence in the Treasure Coast/West Palm Beach cable and broadcast markets throughout Election Day.

For the fifth consecutive week, Murphy announced a new campaign ad.

“Fish” is a new 30-second spot focusing on the Jupiter Democrat’s record of “independence” in Congress, reaching across the political aisle to get things done.

“Florida’s waters are full of fish,” Murphy says in the ad. “Washington is a little like that too. Blue ones always swim left, red ones right. Most times they’re just swimming in circles.”

“Well, I don’t swim with the rest. I’m independent. A good idea is a good idea, whether it comes from a Republican or a Democrat. Like protecting these waters or demanding a balanced budget.

“I’m Patrick Murphy and I approve this message,” he adds, “because independent thinking matters.”

In August, political analysis magazine National Journal reported that Murphy ranked number 20 out of all House members for voting across the aisle. The report noted that 96 percent of Congress votes more along party lines than Murphy.

 “With Patrick remaining a top target of outside organizations who prefer obstructionists over problem-solvers, this added airtime ensures that their baseless attacks will not go unanswered,” said Anthony Kusich, Murphy’s campaign manager.

“Fish” is now available on YouTube.

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