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Already looking to November, new Patrick Murphy ad attacks Rubio's Senate attendance

Democrat Patrick Murphy attacks Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio in his new TV ad

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Democrat Patrick Murphy attacks Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio in his new TV ad



Pledging "I'll never stop working for you" in his second TV ad for his U.S. Senate campaign, Democrat Patrick Murphy takes a jab at Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio's poor attendance record.

The 30-second spot, called "Work," is part of a nearly $1.7 million ad buy the Murphy campaign reserved in advance of the upcoming Aug. 30 primary. The ad will air in Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville.

"Marco Rubio stopped showing up for work, let us down. I’m Patrick Murphy and enough is enough," the two-term Jupiter congressman says in the ad, before once again touting the endorsement of President Barack Obama (who appeared in Murphy's first TV ad last month).

In response to the ad, Rubio spokesman Michael Ahrens said in an email to the Herald/Times that Murphy "knows nothing about getting things done for the people of Florida."

"That's why non-partisan studies have labeled him one of the 'least-effective members of Congress.' If Murphy had gotten a single bill passed during his years in Washington, maybe he wouldn't have to lie to voters about his resume," Ahrens said. "Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and national Democrats can try their hardest to pull Privileged Patrick across the finish line, but Floridians already have a senator with a strong record of fighting for them who has actually gotten things done."

Watch Murphy's new ad below:

The new ad also further demonstrates how Murphy is already looking past the upcoming Democratic primary to the November general election. By focusing his attacks on Rubio, it signals Murphy is not greatly concerned -- at least publicly -- about fellow U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando, Miami labor attorney and former naval officer Pam Keith or any of the other Democrats running for Rubio's seat.

Rubio is also ignoring his primary challenger, Manatee County home-builder Carlos Beruff.

Murphy said in a statement this morning: "I am proud to share my message with hardworking Florida families who need a fighter for them in the U.S. Senate. After six years of Marco Rubio abandoning them for his own ambition, Floridians are ready for a progressive fighter who will protect Social Security and Medicare and stand up for our middle class. I will show up and work hard every day for Florida and look forward to continuing to share this message across our state."

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10:07am]


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