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Republicans debut website highlighting Murphy's resume embellishments

National Republicans launched a website to highlight Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy's resume embellishments.

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National Republicans launched a website to highlight Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy's resume embellishments.



National Republicans don't want general election voters to forget that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy was caught embellishing his resume.

To highlight the gaffes, the National Republican Senatorial Committee today launched a website -- -- to detail instances where Murphy either exaggerated his credentials or didn't provide a complete explanation of his experience.

The subject has been and will continue to be a prime line of attack against Murphy, a 33-year-old, two-term congressman from Jupiter who became the official Democratic nominee in Florida's U.S. Senate race after Tuesday's decisive primary.

The NRSC's website mocks Murphy by referencing his wealthy South Florida family and their yacht, "Cocktails," and including a "personal statement" that reads: "Never Worked A Day In My Life As A CPA. Never A Small Business Owner. Never Going To Be A United States Senator."

Much of the website isn't fact so much as partisan spin based on some truth.

Media reports documenting the inaccuracies and discrepancies in Murphy's resume began a few months ago, after the Herald/Times discovered Murphy inflated his academic resume by claiming to have had two degrees from the University of Miami when he only earned one.

Murphy's experiences as a CPA and business owner are more nuanced. Murphy's explanation of that work has evolved with more detail in recent months as several media outlets probed what he actually did during those years. Politifact sifted through the facts and found "that Murphy’s description of his past employment is based on actual circumstances, but at times he omits a full explanation."

Murphy faces Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in November.

When asked for comment in response to the NRSC's new website, Murphy campaign spokeswoman Galia Slayen said: "Marco Rubio and his Republicans allies are committed to doing and saying anything to distract from the fact that he has the worst voting attendance record of any Florida Senator in nearly 50 years and still won't commit to a full term. Rubio abandoned Floridians for his own personal political ambition and it's time for Florida families to have a Senator who will show up to work for them."

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

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:11pm]


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