Patrick Murphy launches first TV spots, takes aims at Allen West's "playground" tactics

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Patrick Murphy, the leading Democratic challenger to Tea Party leader Allen West in the race for Florida’s newly-drawn 18th Congressional district, announced a significant network and cable TV ad buy this afternoon.  The campaign will air two 30-second spots – entitled “Builder” and “Playground” – beginning tomorrow.

“Builder” establishes Murphy’s background as a CPA, small businessman, and construction executive with private-sector experience creating jobs and getting things done.

Text:  It happens out here on the job every day.  You get different points of view, two ways to get it done.  You can stand around arguing, but we’ve got a building to build.  So you look at the plan, hire people, get everyone working together.  I’m a businessman and a CPA.  I know changing Washington won’t be easy.  But we can start by sending a builder, not a talker.

“Playground” highlights the gridlock in Washington caused by the divisive rhetoric of the Tea Party and people like Allen West.

Text:  Look, there’s no doubt Allen West says what he thinks.  But the taunts, the name-calling, the bullying – Congress shouldn’t be a kids’ playground.  They’re supposed to analyze problems and work together to solve them.  There’s plenty to do: growing jobs; protecting Social Security, Medicare, a woman’s right to choose.  Right now we need someone who’ll lead, not divide.

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.