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Democratic Congressman Meets With GOP Leadership To Discuss Defecting

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By JAVIER MANJARRES

The contentious 2012 Congressional race between former Congressman Allen West and Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy turned out to be the most expensive races in the country, and one of the bloodiest.

“This a person who doesn’t want to be in front of the public, he has no ideas, he does not address any of the issues, he is the emptiest of an empty suit-I think he’s just a name on the ballot.”-Congressman Allen West (Source)

 But is Patrick Murphy really the good Democrat Congressman that his Party thinks he is, or is he still struggling with his Republican background?

According to a source very close to the Republican Congressional leadership, Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner granted Patrick Murphy’s request to a private meeting to discuss Murphy’s possible defecting to the Republican Party.

Patrick Murphy

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D)

 GOP leadership passed on Murphy’s offer, according to the source.

 Murphy’s congressional seat is seen as the most vulnerable seats in the 2014 mid term elections, and considering that he barely beat West in the 2012 general election that was shrouded with scandal and possible voter intimidation and fraud – not to mention that the district leans Republican-Murphy’s attempt to defect could be perceived by many politicos and talking heads as a smart move.

 Murphy’s 2012 Congressional campaign has been under scrutiny after one of his campaign consultants, Jeffrey Garcia, was linked to the absentee ballot request fraud case in Miami.

Related: Patrick Murphy’s Republican Past

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35 Comments

  1. BoGo July 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Is this the establishment Republican leadership awakening their atrophied, vestigial conservative principles or do they believe it’s better for the establishment to have a homegrown party sockpuppet rather than a turncoat? Hmmm

    • DebraP July 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      The little chic (murphy) should be filleted.

      • WILLIAM JAMES July 16, 2013 at 5:24 am

        WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER RINO

  2. Warren July 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    How convenient.

  3. Willik July 15, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Leave him swinging in the wind.
    Why waste GOP $$$ on trying to get him re-elected? He’ll probably be tossed out during the primary effort in the first place.
    Look what happened to Arlen Specter after his second party change.

  4. Larry Joseph Morgan July 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    NO WAY! He’s even worse than Charlie Crist! The last thing we need is another damn phony-assed turncoat RINO! Let him wallow in the crap with his own party! He sees the handwriting on the wall, and wants to avoid the carnage of the 2014 election! Everyone knows what they say about burning bridges behind them!

  5. Gayle Flaherty July 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Patrick Murphy is an opportunist, and has no real convictions. I didn’t vote for him in the battle with Allen West and even if the Republicans, “take him in,” I won’t vote for him. There are good decent Republicans that would do very well in a race against Murphy. I know several who are contemplating that Congressional run.

    • Rich July 16, 2013 at 5:00 am

      Opportunist?

      Which candidate was the “district shopper” who ran in districts he felt he could win more easily?

      Please!!

  6. Sandi Trusso July 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    In my opinion, the GOP should not want to accept Patrick Murphy back into the Party leadership. I think the man is dishonest, and that’s the only reason he beat Col. West out of that Congressional seat.

    • Rich July 16, 2013 at 5:02 am

      Why is it that when your conservative favorites win it’s because they’re “great candidates” but when they lose it’s because the other side cheated?

      Don’t you all realize that YOU ARE A MINORITY??

  7. SafeTea July 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Why bother defecting? A lib and a RINO are one and the same.

  8. Mike July 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I’m glad, tho I don’t think it’s a bold move on the Repubs part. Any congressman that’s a year into his career hasn’t had time for the party to leave him so he obviously only cares about himself, not the state or the country.

  9. FLgeezer July 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    >A lib and a RINO are one and the same.

    Agreed. And irrespective of their political bent, they vow allegiance to the likes of these:

    ‘Economic sanctions are what have allowed the Resnicks to create their pistachio empire, which would suffer a severe blow if relations with Iran were ever normalized. Iran’s pistachios are considered to be superior to America’s, so much so that Israelis still buy Iranian pistachios shipped in through Turkey. Surely the Resnicks would never be able to compete with Iran on the pistachio free market.

    And so the Resnicks did what any smart and ruthless American would do: they made common cause with oil companies, Islamophobes, neocons and Likudniks, and began funneling money to think tanks and political advocacy groups that take a hardline approach with Iran. Economic sanctions, sabotage, vilification—all these things worked in the Resnicks’ interest. Bombing some of Iran’s pistachio fields wouldn’t be so bad, either…’

    http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/news/israellobby/item/2950-oligarch-valley-how-beverly-hills-billionaire-farmers-lynda-and-stewart-resnick-profit-from-the-iran-sanctions-they-lobbied-for

  10. Stan Lee July 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    The vulnerability of Murphy’s seat is probably driving his thinking more than political ideology.
    I don’t often agree with the GOP, but in this case Murphy really isn’t needed in the ranks. I am a Republican however, and we could use the congressional seat he now occupies.
    In my opinion, it’s not ideology with Murphy, it’s that nice congressional paycheck and attendant benefits. It’s too bad that an excellent Representative, Allen West, was traded for Rep. Murphy. Now, Murphy’s seat is precarious. Without suspected election fraud, Al West could have held it and his district would have been better off.

  11. mulekicker July 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    New campaign strategies by liberals to win the house and senate. Bring in the Tea and throw out the trash.

  12. Kathryn Flowers July 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    This further exposes the expediency and lack of integrity of Patrick Murphy. He wants to keep the perks and prestige of a Congressional seat and doesn’t care whose side he is on. If he really thinks we can’t see through him, then he is even less intelligent than he appears.

  13. JAG July 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Fk him, and Fk Boehner too for meeting with him.

  14. B.Duchamp July 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    How many times can a leopard change his spots? Does Patrick Murphy even know who he is? What are his principles? How can we depend on such a waffler to represent our District, under any party? Something smells fishy here. And the fish has to be thrown back.

  15. Cate July 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    We have true Republicans. We don’t need a turncoat who can’t make it with the Democrats.

    • Rich July 16, 2013 at 5:05 am

      “True” republicans? What are they?

      Here is what “your” party was when it supported hard working, tax paying AMERICAN working class Americans and wasn’t a bunch of loonies!!

      In anticipation for its convention next week, the Republican Party has drafted what one committee member called “the most conservative platform in modern history.” The draft platform includes tenets like calling for women to be excluded from combat roles in the military and support for the Arizona anti-immigrant law.

      But things weren’t always this way. The Republican platform was at one time surprisingly progressive — in 1956. Let’s take a look at some key planks of the party’s platform that year:

      On Labor and Wages: The platform boasted that “the Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million. The protection of unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional workers. There have been increased workmen’s compensation benefits for longshoremen and harbor workers, increased retirement benefits for railroad employees, and wage increases and improved welfare and pension plans for federal employees.” It called for changes to the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act to “more effectively protect the rights of labor unions” and to “assure equal pay for equal work regardless of sex.”

      On Welfare and Health: The platform demanded “once again, despite the reluctance of the Democrat 84th Congress, Federal assistance to help build facilities to train more physicians and scientists.” It emphasized the need to continue the “extension and perfection of a sound social security system,” and boasted of the party’s recent history of supporting “enlarged Federal assistance for construction of hospitals, emphasizing low-cost care of chronic diseases and the special problems of older persons, and increased Federal aid for medical care of the needy.”

      On Civil Rights, Gender Equality, and Immigration: The platform supported “ self-government, national suffrage and representation in the Congress of the United States for residents of the District of Columbia.” With regards to ending discrimination against racial minorities, the party took pride that “more progress has been made in this field under the present Republican Administration than in any similar period in the last 80 years.” It also recommended to Congress “the submission of a constitutional amendment providing equal rights for men and women.” Its section on immigration actually recommended expanding immigration to America, supporting ”the extension of the Refugee Relief Act of 1953 in resolving this difficult refugee problem which resulted from world conflict.”

      “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are…a few…Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid,” wrote Republican President Dwight Eisenhower to his brother in 1954. Unfortunately, this splinter group is now in charge of this once-respectable political party.

      • BoGo July 17, 2013 at 11:16 am

        You cite positions 60 years old. The difference between progs/libs/RINOs and conservatives is that progs continually double down on failure whereas conservatives have the ability to learn and adapt.

        Minimum wage laws are now understood to raise prices and reduce employment.

        Social Security is now recognized for the Ponzi scheme it is and needs reform. Had they known 60 years ago that it would in time grow to be a $200Trillion liability, I think they would have done something.

        Farm programs are nothing more than welfare for big agribusiness and should be eliminated. New Zealand eliminated them and their ag industry boomed.

        Women in combat roles is ridiculous. A military’s purpose is kill people and break things, not provide “social justice”. The only way women qualify for combat positions is if they lower the physical standards. I want my military to win, not make progs feel good.

        AZ’s law was nothing more than the federal law codified at the state level. They did this out of frustration because the feds weren’t enforcing the law.

        Yeah, those are real looney.

        As for the Democrats, the Communist Party USA didn’t run a presidential candidate the past couple of cycles. Why? Their takeover of the Dem’s is complete. The Dem platform is CPUSA’s wet dream.

        Rich, I pray for you. I know my history and I know what usually happens to the useful idiots when the takeover is complete.

  16. Al Miller July 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Allen West was robbed in this race and the women running the election in the county north of Palm Beach County should be in jail. She is a triple dripper and the race was stolen. Maybe Murphy has a conscience. The GOP did very little to help West. As bad as Murphy is – he is probably a more honest person than Rubio.

    If the GOP House passes any version of the Rubio-Obama amnesty then I am done with Republicans forever.

  17. Col. Angus July 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    As long as there’s a corrupt Supervisor of Elections in Murphy’s district he won’t be vulnerable, except now he may well get primaried.

    But I think it’s delicious that he’s been outed. Now Nancy and Debbie will roast his nuts and have them for lunch tomorrow with a refreshing little chardonnay…..

  18. Perseids July 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Boehner and the sniveling little weasel Cantor lost little sleep the night West was defeated. No doubt they were relieved if not overjoyed. .
    Murphy would fit like a glove with these weak kneed spineless backstabbing republicans on the hill.
    As with dear marco, if their lips are moving they are most likely lying.
    Caveat emptor.

  19. Candros July 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Hopefully he thinks his own party is about to ditch him, as they should. He is so incompetent that he cannot even hold onto the seat that they bought for him.

  20. SeaPower July 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Even if Boehner missteps and takes the bait, there are still better alternatives for District 18 Republicans. Do a little research, she’s easy to find.

  21. DebraP July 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Murphy Whoo??

  22. Kay July 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    We don’t need a Patrick Murphy who – as this obviously proves – is only interested in his own personal agenda. Has he, like Rubio, already purchased another home?

  23. Michael July 16, 2013 at 7:47 am

    We don’t need a drunk homosexual in the Republican party.

    Let him stay a democrat. Shame on those voters who chose a queer alcoholic over an American hero.

  24. OldmanRick July 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Sounds as if the guy just wants to protect his cushy job and his rice bowl.

  25. Christopher Brosnahan July 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    ‘Murph’ is a ‘Manchurian candidate’ his supposed ‘defection’ is the DNC’s way of infiltrating and infecting the Republican party – similar to the ‘sleepers’ the old Soviet Union sent to America to wreak havoc from within during a Soviet takeover attempt – no one should trust that phony Irish sh*tstain anymore than they should trust Obooger to tell the truth about his REAL birthplace…Bad ‘Cess to them ALL – May the Plague take them and a murrain seize them….ALL!!!

  26. C T Vivian July 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    The creep has a 16 Heritage score. Grayson has a 21. GET REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. friendly fire July 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    lets re-examine our choice in representation in the FL. 16th >
    ANYONE for a TEA PARTY??? Seems our current seat dweller
    hasn’t decided which back stabbing PARTY to affiliate with..DUH!
    Repubs & Dems wont want to spend a lot of their cash on a probable loss..so now is the time for a real change..lets send a
    real Patriot to prick the SLIMES with a tweet of truths.
    Your VOICE..YOUR VOTE..IF YOUR DREAM IS TO SAVE THE
    LIBERTY & CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZEN
    OFFER TO RUN AS A CANDIDATE..YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE..IT TAKES MONEY & COMMITMENT TO REGAIN OUR
    SOCIAL & ECONOMIC WELL BEING..THINK OF GOD & FAMILY