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Murphy, Grayson race to tie each other to Donald Trump

Donald Trump has landed in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary.

Today, Patrick Murphy’s campaign attacked rival Alan Grayson, saying he’s made disparaging remarks about women ala Trump. That brought a swift response from Grayson’s campaign, which notes Murphy’s family construction business has built Trump properties in Florida.

“Donald Trump and Alan Grayson have more in common than one may think – and it’s nothing the supposedly progressive Grayson would be proud of,” read a Murphy release. ‘Although Grayson has embraced the title of the ‘Trump of the left,’ when it comes to women, both have a record of outright disrespect.”

It cites several examples include Grayson calling a lobbyist a “K Street whore” and asserting his helped a company “discriminate against a pregnant worker, waging a 5-year legal battle where he aggressively subpoenaed records from the woman's gynecologist, her credit card records, day care records of her daughter, and personal photographs.”

Minutes later, Grayson fired back with this release:

“No other politician in Florida – Democrat or Republican – has gained more financially than Patrick Murphy and his family has from doing business with Donald Trump. Patrick’s construction company still brags about its work to deliver Trump Royale and Trump Hollywood. Thanks in part to those deals, Patrick sits on millions of dollars in company stock that his daddy gave him, and Donald has parlayed those and other real estate deals into a Republican presidential nomination. So it’s fitting that these business partners are teaming up once again to push destructive conservative policies in Washington. Democrats know that none of us can afford more of the Trump-Murphy partnership.”

[Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2016 1:42pm]


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