Republicans are attempting to paint Rep. Stephanie Murphy as soft on terrorism with a pair of online ads out this morning.
One of the spots portrays a fictional terror attack at a local mall and concludes, “Rep. Stephanie Murphy voted against funding to combat terrorism.”
It’s a loaded charge and one that, with most attack ads, is nowhere as simple as it seems.
The NRCC spot never mentions the legislation but a spokeswoman says it’s tied to the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which all but five Democrats opposed. (Rep. Charlie Crist was among the five)
Murphy, a rookie from the Orlando area who is considered vulnerable, voted against it because it included $1.6 billion for President Trump’s border wall — a non starter in the Senate.
Here is what Murphy said in July when voting against the bill:
“The minibus provides robust funding for the Defense Department—the same funding I voted to authorize as a member of the Armed Services Committee.
“Sadly, House leadership has taken a strong bipartisan bill and contaminated it by adding a provision assigning $1.6 billion to construct a border wall.
“This provision is opposed by public officials from both parties who actually live along the Southwest border, and will do nothing to keep my constituents in central Florida safe.
“The money could be better spent to expand an underfunded counter-terrorism program that Orlando has been excluded from, or to enhance security at our air and sea ports.
“In short, this funding should be used to give the American people real security, not politically-motivated gimmicks.”