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Already Under Fire from NRCC, Stephanie Murphy Launches Bid for Third Term

March 20, 2019 - 9:00am
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., the chairwoman of the Blue Dog Coalition, announced on Tuesday that she plans to run for a third term in 2020. 
 
Murphy released a web video in which she announced she was running again. 
 
“Already in this Democratic Congress, we’ve passed historic gun safety legislation and voted to get dark money out of politics,” Murphy said in the video. “But, we must do more, and I want to keep fighting for you and central Florida. That’s why I’m proud to announce I am running for re-election so that together we can keep moving this country forward.
 
“I’m running for three reasons: jobs, security, and opportunity,” Murphy added. “We need more and higher-paying jobs with good benefits. We need to secure this nation and make our communities safer, especially from gun violence. And, we need to ensure every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in the greatest nation on earth. I want my kids and your kids to reach for the stars and achieve their dreams.”
 
During her first term in Congress, thanks in part to introducing a balanced budget amendment, Murphy led the Blue Dog Coalition’s Fiscal Responsibility Task Force. She was named to the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee earlier this year. 
 
After serving in the Defense Department under President George W. Bush, Murphy burst on the political scene in 2016 when she upset U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., who had served in Congress for 24 years. Murphy was a top target for Republicans in the 2018 election cycle but she routed state Rep. Mike Miller, R-Orlando, and took 58 percent of the vote.  
 
Despite Murphy’s big win last year, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is already taking aim at her for 2020. Last week, the NRCC ran a digital ad against Murphy and more than 50 other Democrats across the nation, trying to smoke them out on where they stand on impeaching President Donald Trump. The NRCC also jabbed Murphy last week for endorsing former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Tex., for president in 2020. 
 
The Republican National Committee (RNC) weighed in on Tuesday after Murphy announced for a third term. 
 
“After several years as an irrelevant back bencher, it seems that Stephanie Murphy’s moderate act is up. From voting against tax cuts to supporting extreme abortion legislation, and now endorsing left-wing extremist, Beto O’Rourke, it is clear that Floridians will ensure that Murphy is not back in D.C. come January 2021,” said RNC Spokesperson Joe Jackson.
 
Democrat Hillary Clinton took 51 percent in Murphy’s Central Florida district during the 2016 presidential race while Trump pulled 44 percent. 

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I miss Mica......

John was a nice man, but a tool of every corporate special interest in America. He over-stayed his time. She is much more representative of a district that changed significantly since Mica's first election.

Could any politician anywhere at anytime be more "under fire" than Trump the Chump? Was there EVER a more irrelevant "back bencher" in the Oval Office than Don the Con? The Republicans should be making an effort to insure that Trump is "not back" in 2020 ... and not chastising or criticizing moderate Republicans like Stephanie Murphy! Shame.

You can name call all you want.............but thousands and thousands of Floridians love THE DONALD! We finally have someone who throws it right back to the liberals. They don't like him because nobody has ever stood up them and beats them at their own game!! MAGA Mr. Trump!!!

Donald Trump is a pig, and an embarrassment to America. I hope you are right that "thousands" in Florida love him. Because there will be Millions who vote.

That "pig" will be reelected in 2020. You wasted two years of our time. We will get it back.

Uh, dude, Steph’s a democrat. You kind of need to get that part right.

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