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In brutal new ad, Allen West contrasts military service with Patrick Murphy's drunken arrest



Rep. Allen West is out with this new ad, which seeks to bury his Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy by contrasting West's military service with Murphy's scrape with the law as a college student. Democrats are already reacting, noting that West's military career ended in controversy.

Political analyst Larry Sabato on Twitter called the commercial, "One of the most devastating contrast ads I've ever seen." Murphy got help with a new anti-West ad paid for by House Majority PAC (see the jump).

Murphy responds:

“Allen West is shamelessly attacking Patrick Murphy for a mistake he made as a teenager, which he has discussed at length in the media as a mistake he learned from. West then goes on to discuss his tenure in the military in 2003 while failing to acknowledge that he was criminally charged that year for assault and violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice," said Murphy spokeswoman Erin Moffet. "The only reason he was able to escape prosecution is because he cut a deal to retire. Unfortunately, West's unstable behavior has continued in Congress, and he continues to diminish the office and the people to which he serves.”

House Majority PAC ad:

[Last modified: Friday, September 28, 2012 2:39pm]


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