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Report: Murphy campaign blocks 'tracker' at public library photo op

A Patrick Murphy campaign aide blocks a "tracker"'s camera outside a press conference the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate held Wednesday at the Palm Beach Gardens public library after Murphy cast his primary ballot during early voting.

Eliot Kleinberg / The Palm Beach Post

A Patrick Murphy campaign aide blocks a "tracker"'s camera outside a press conference the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate held Wednesday at the Palm Beach Gardens public library after Murphy cast his primary ballot during early voting.

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When Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy cast his ballot Wednesday at an early voting site in a branch of the Palm Beach County public library, he reportedly had an invited guest tag along: An opposition "tracker" whose job it is to tail the candidate and film his every move.

According to The Palm Beach Posta tracker for the America Rising conservative super PAC attempted to record Murphy while the Jupiter congressman took questions from reporters after his trip to the voting booth in Palm Beach Gardens.

But campaign aides barred the tracker from entering the press conference and then prevented him from filming anything worthwhile from outside by blocking his camera lens with a sign, the newspaper reported.

Read The Post's full story here.

Trackers are typical in competitive campaigns, like Florida's nationally watched U.S. Senate race. And it's not unusual for Murphy's campaign to fend off unfriendly trackers when it can.

Last month when Murphy held a similar photo op/campaign event at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, a senior aide briefly tried to block the camera of a tracker filming Murphy at a press conference in the Capitol rotunda -- a space open to the public.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 25, 2016 11:45am]

    

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