August 22, 2016

Privileged Patrick Murphy’s Purchased Primary Win

Patrick Murphy’s flailing Florida campaign just received a big shot in the arm. Murphy’s wealthy father dumped $1 million into a Super PAC that ran a phony ad campaign to prop up his son’s fading chances at the Florida seat.

As The Hill reported:

Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Patrick Murphy (Fla.) is getting a major financial boost as his campaign heads into the final stretch, courtesy of a $1 million check from his father… On July 15, two days after the $1 million check landed in the Senate Majority PAC account, the super-PAC announced to the Washington Post its plans to launch a $1 million ad buy in Florida.

The seven figure check is double what the elder Murphy has already donated to his son’s campaign this year and nearly triples what he spent on Murphy’s 2012 Congressional race. As the Miami Herald reported:

Aside from last month’s $1 million contribution, the elder Murphy also gave $500,000 this year – through himself and Coastal — to a pro-Murphy super PAC, Floridians for a Strong Middle Class. In the 2012 election, Patrick Murphy’s first when he narrowly defeated tea-party incumbent Rep. Allen West, Thomas Murphy gave $550,000 into two super PACs supporting his son.

Despite the desperate attempts to purchase the Senate seat for his son, the elder Murphy can’t keep pace with the GOP incumbent’s successful fundraising. Marco Rubio’s campaign reported $3.2M in donations- outpacing Murphy’s haul nearly 3 to 1.

With this kind of lackluster performance and a serial commitment to distorting the truth, it’s no wonder that The Miami Herald had no trouble endorsing a no-name challenger for the Democratic primary last week.