Election 2016: Patrick Murphy uses Early Voting at elections HQ in suburban West Palm Beach, gets heckled

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Murphy campaign staffers and supporters use a large campaign sign to block signs displayed by anti-Murphy people (Eliot Kleinberg/The Palm Beach Post)

Ignoring chants of “Privileged Patrick,” “No way CPA” and “You’re a bum,” U.S. Senate candidate and current U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, came Monday morning to the offices of the Palm Beach County supervisor of elections to do early voting.

Murphy, who’s fighting to unseat GOP incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, told reporters he’s not concerned about reports that the FBI is looking into more Hillary Clinton emails.

“More and more information is continuing to come out about that,” Murphy said. “But at the end of the day, I trust Secretary Clinton with our nuclear codes. That’s more than Marco Rubio can say about Donald Trump.”

Asked about putting a big chunk of his own money into his campaign, Murphy said, “We’re feeling really good about the next couple of weeks and making sure our message gets out there.”

Three protesters stayed close and kept up loud chants as Murphy talked to reporters and stood in line to vote. At one point, Murphy staffers and supporters tried to block the protesters hand-drawn signs with large Murphy signs.

 In August, as Murphy talked to reporters in a study room at the Palm Beach County Library Palm Beach Gardens branch, Murphy staffers kept out a “tracker” for the conservative political action committee “America Rising” and even held a sign in front of his video camera to block him from shooting through the glass into the Murphy news conference.

“Patrick Murphy’s ‘stock sale’ and subsequent $1 million loan to his campaign raises serious questions about whether he’s purposely skirting FEC donation limits,” AMerica Rising spokesman Jeff Bechdel said later in an email. “The most likely buyer of Murphy’s stock is his father, Thomas, who has already plunged nearly $3 million into super PACs for his son’s campaign. This ‘stock sale’ appears to be another avenue for father to donate, this time directly, to his son’s foundering effort.”

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