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New Republican ad mocks semantics of Patrick Murphy's résumé

The National Republican Senatorial Committee continues to use TV ads to highlight Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy's disputed work as a CPA and a small business owner.

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee continues to use TV ads to highlight Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy's disputed work as a CPA and a small business owner.

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In a new ad that debuted over the weekend, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has found a different way to poke fun at Patrick Murphy's disputed credentials of working as a CPA and a small business owner.

Both the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate's campaign and his Republican critics have tried to paint Murphy's résumé as a clear-cut issue -- but the nuances of Murphy's job experience require particular language to describe them accurately.

More from PolitiFact: "A guide to the attacks on Patrick Murphy’s résumé"

The NRSC plays off that necessary specificity in its new ad, "Audition," which is airing in Tampa and Orlando. (The NRSC supports Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio.)

The 30-second spot shows an actor reading lines to play the part of Murphy, but he's repeatedly interrupted because he's not saying the lines in a way that accurately conveys Murphy's credentials.

The NRSC has been running attack ads against Murphy all month as part of $4.8 million in planned TV spending before October. Each ad has attempted to highlight the Jupiter congressman's résumé embellishments, but past ads used language that PolitiFact found was too extreme and worthy of a "Mostly False" rating.

Murphy's campaign has called the Republicans' persistent attacks over Murphy's résumé "discredited lies."

But it's correct for this ad to say "Murphy isn't a Florida CPA." He was licensed in Colorado and worked in Florida as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche.

As for the ad's other claim: Murphy was at least a part-owner in a business -- an environmental services company that was a subsidiary of his father's large construction company. Coastal Construction Group is one of the biggest building firms in South Florida. Murphy's campaign wouldn't disclose how much of Coastal Environmental Services Murphy owned; his father Tom Murphy Jr., Coastal President Dan Whiteman and three other unnamed individuals were also shareholders.

"Patrick Murphy feels so entitled to Florida’s Senate seat that he can't be bothered to be honest about his professional experience prior to his career in politics," NRSC spokesman Greg Blair said in a statement. "Here's the truth: Murphy is an empty suit with a rich dad and has disqualified himself from office by repeatedly lying about his accomplishments."

Murphy spokeswoman Galia Slayen said in a statement in response: "Robot Rubio and his special interest allies are stuck on repeat with false attacks that have already been discredited by multiple, independent fact-checks."

*This post has been updated with comment from the Murphy campaign.

[Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2016 11:10am]

    

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