Patrick Murphy fires back, attacking military incident that ended Allen West’s career

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Patrick Murphy as released a new ad that takes aim at the 2003 incident in Iraq that ended Allen West‘s military career.

It’s a risky strategy that Democrats chose to avoid when West ran for Congress in 2008 and 2010.

West was a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel in 2003 when fired a gun near the head of an Iraqi detainee during an interrogation to scare him into talking about a rumored plot to ambush West and his troops. Military prosecutors charged West with assault and he potentially faced 11 years in prison and dishonorable discharge. After a military hearing, West was fined $5,000 and allowed to retire with a full pension.

“Allen West misrepresented the teenage mistake of Patrick Murphy in his latest desperate attack ad,” remarked Murphy’s communications director Erin Moffet.  “In his ad, West also omitted key facts regarding his own record, and opened the door to a discussion of the circumstances leading to him being relieved of his command.  This ad clarifies the events that took place in 2003.”

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