Grayson ties Murphy to Benghazi report, calling it “smear campaign” against Clinton

Democratic Senate rivals Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy
Democratic Senate rivals Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy

Orlando Democrat Alan Grayson looked to drive a wedge Tuesday between rival Patrick Murphy and his establishment supporters by linking the Jupiter Democrat to the newly released Benghazi report that some view as clouding Hillary Clinton’s leadership.

Murphy was one of only seven House Democrats who supported the Republican majority’s push two years ago to form a select committee to investigate the 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya.

“This was a costly, wasteful, premeditated smear campaign against Secretary Clinton,” said Grayson campaign manager Michael Ceraso.

“And worse, it was aided and abetted by Patrick Murphy, who voted to form this farcical effort,” he added.

Clinton, who was Secretary of State when Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were killed on Sept. 11, 2012 was planning to visit Libya later that year. The report finds her anticipated visit contributed to pressure on diplomats to stay at a poorly guarded outpost despite security threats in the region.

The report also supports previous conclusions that the military failed to respond quickly enough to perform a rescue.

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who announced plans last week to seek re-election to the Senate seat — immediately vaulting to front-runner status — condemned Clinton and the Obama administration’s response to the attack.

“Today’s report by the House Select Committee on Benghazi is a reminder of the extraordinary failure on the part of officials at the State Department, including Secretary Hillary Clinton, to grasp the security risks in Libya and Benghazi in particular, and take the appropriate action to protect Americans stationed in that country,” Rubio said.

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