Archive for Rep. Patrick Murphy

Allen West demanded a recount, but Patrick Murphy is "farther ahead" than before the recount began

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Dear Allen West: Please STFU and go away. Love, Laffy

That was as polite as I could be.

Via TC Palm:

Results of recounting more than 37,000 St. Lucie County ballots were announced shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday and preliminary figures given by Canvassing Board member Tod Mowery placed Jupiter Democrat Patrick Murphy farther ahead of Republican Allen West than before the two-day effort began.

Murphy's lead was still outside the 0.5 percent difference that would require a recount. The unofficial final count was 65,841 votes for Murphy and 52,704 for West.

"We are still evaluating how to handle this," West campaign manager Tim Edson said.

Ahem.

As Murphy campaign senior adviser Eric Johnson put it, "This election is over."

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Florida does it again: Votes to be retabulated in Allen West vs. Patrick Murphy congressional race

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Allen West-- yes the same Allen West who stood by and watched as my friend and radio host Nicole Sandler was arrested for committing democracy at one of his events-- still refuses to concede:

(CNN)Republican Rep. Allen West's push to have votes recounted in his Florida congressional race against Democrat Patrick Murphy was granted late Friday when the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections ordered a re-tabulation of all eight days of early voting to begin Saturday morning. [...]

West's campaign filed a complaint Tuesday in St. Lucie County, calling for the court to order a recount of all early votes in the county in his race for re-election. Allen's request was initially denied Friday afternoon, but later that evening a canvassing board ordered the retabulation, citing sufficient concern to grant the re-examination of the votes, according to CNN affiliate WPBF in West Palm Beach.

As of today, Murphy leads by just over 1,900 votes. Meanwhile, Democrats are accusing Florida Governor Rick Scott of improperly interfering to help him.  DNC chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, flat out accused him of intervening:

All votes in this election were counted fairly and accurately, and Allen West has lost beyond the mandatory recount range.  Having Governor Scott intervene is outrageous and inappropriate. After disenfranchising Florida voters by cutting down early voting days and creating extraordinarily long lines at the polls, Governor Scott is now trying to blatantly overturn an election result he disagreed with and undermine Gertrude Walker, a three-decade veteran of the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections office.  Governor Scott needs to remove himself from this process immediately.

And Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings  added that "Governor Rick Scott’s attempt to undermine and pressure St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker – just because he would prefer to keep Allen West in Congress – is yet another blatant display of his willingness to disregard the rule of law for political gain.”

Yet there Scott was, pretending like he had nothing to do with those terrible lines and all those disenfranchised voters! He had the jaw-droppingly, unmitigated, hypocritical gall to demand a fix to the voting problems that he, Mr. Voter Purge, helped create.

More from Hastings:

It was Governor Scott who cut early voting hours, created long lines during early voting, and imposed unprecedented burdens on county election offices.  Despite his repeated efforts to disenfranchise voters, the people of Florida’s 18th district chose Patrick Murphy to represent them in Washington, and by a margin that does not necessitate a recount.

The rest of his statement, along with more on this story, can be found at the Sun Sentinel.

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Rep. Patrick Murphy: We have votes to repeal DADT

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Greg Sargent has an update on last night's news that the White House says they'll green light a repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell:

Dem Rep. Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania, who has been leading the charge to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, said in an interview just now that it's a foregone conclusion: Dems have the votes to get it done.

This should, and hopefully will, get done before the mid-term elections. However, the repeal will happen...

...pending the Pentagon's completion of a study on the issue. News orgs have reported that despite the breakthrough, it's uncertain whether it will pass Congress.

And hey, you know how quickly the Pentagon moves. As for Congress:

Though the picture is less clear in the Senate, Murphy insists that senators Joe Lieberman and Carl Levin, who have taken the lead on the issue, have assured him the votes are there. "They believe they have the votes," Murphy said.

It's settled. No more Debbie Downer. This is the most optimistic many of us have felt in some time about dumping this anachronistic piece of shmutz law.

And speaking of schmutz, this wouldn't have happened had Barbie McLipSchmutz and John McCain been elected. Not by a long shot.

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