Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy went up Wednesday with his latest TV ad — this one aimed at the November election — even as two of his primary opponents are challenging him to more debates.
Murphy’s TV spot rips Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for his shoddy attendance record in Washington and promises Floridians, “I’ll never stop working for you.”
Murphy, a two-term Jupiter congressman, has his own problems with work. Media stories show he’s inflated his business background and goosed his academic credentials.
But Rubio missed more votes than any member of the Senate during his unsuccessful run for the Republican presidential nomination, which Murphy’s ad seeks to underscore.
Still, there’s an Aug. 30 primary Murphy has to clear. And two of his Democratic opponents, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando and Pam Keith of Miami, an attorney and former naval officer, are teaming up today to call for more pre-primary debates.
Grayson and Keith plan to hold a news conference at the Palm Beach County Courthouse.
So far, the only debate scheduled is Aug. 12 and broadcast locally on Orlando’s WFTF-TV Channel 9. Only Murphy and Grayson have been invited to participate, sparking criticism from Florida NOW and the state’s Democratic Progressive Caucus, who are calling for Keith to be included.