PA-08: Pat Murphy is the genuine article

Cross Posted at Young Philly Politics

Today at school, I met Patrick Murphy for the first time.  Murphy spoke to a group of law students about both his experiences in Iraq, which were pretty incredible, and his campaign.  

Before I get into this deeper, which I do below, I want to stress one thing:  Patrick Murphy is the real deal.

My early impression of Murphy, before I met him, was always good.  The issues he talked about were important, and people that I trust, like Anne Dicker, spoke glowingly about him.  And his GOP Democratic opponent, Andy Warren, has run a pitifully negative campaign, that has guaranteed my eternal scorn.  So, I was going in hoping to like Murphy.  In the end, I not only liked him, I was sincerely impressed.  He has the intelligence, the skill, and the energy to walk up to Mike Fitzpatrick on election day, look him in the eye, and rip the Congressional seat from Fitzpatrick's lobbyist loving fingers.

Murphy's discussion of his time in Iraq was pretty incredible.  I won't do it justice by trying to summarize what he said, and instead, I hope we can conduct an interview on YPP where he can talk about what he saw, on the ground in Baghdad.  

At something like 28, Murphy was a professor of Constitutional law at West Point- their youngest professor on staff.  The infusion of young "Fighting Dems" is an important one.  But given that George Bush's agenda is to use the Constitution to get the mud from the soles of his feet, the addition of a professor in Constitutional law is equally as important, and far more unique.  

In about twenty minutes, Murphy allayed any concerns that I had going in about whether he was a "true" progressive.  He talked bluntly and passionately about education, choice and a few other issues before he had to hurry out to his next campaign stop.  

Before he was leaving, Murphy was asked a quick question from one my classmates about how he felt about gay adoption.  In a way, the issue of letting gay and lesbians adopt is a little bit of a softball for Democrats.  It is going to be pretty hard for a Democratic candidate to realistically be against that.  So, Murphy could have said he is for letting all adopt, and move on.  But, he went further than that.  Instead, he answered yes, and then discussed the absurdity and stupidity of the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.  He reminded us that in the 1950's, the military was ahead of the curve on social change, when they desegregated the army during the Korean War.  Now, they are behind it.  He then talked about the Defense of Marriage Act, and how it seemed pretty clearly to be Unconstitutional.  It was a quick answer.  But in that 90 seconds he showed 1)progressive values, 2)an understanding of the Constitution and 3)an ability to talk about it in a quick, concise way.

We will have more on Murphy coming up soon at YPP.  At only 32, I think Patrick Murphy is going to be someone who will be representing Pennsylvania in one office or another for quite some time.

Tags: Andy Warren, Fighting Dems, PA-08, Patrick Murphy (all tags)



Re: PA-08: Pat Murphy is the genuine article

Remove the <strikethough> in GOP.  According to public record, he has not only voted for Republicans every year since 2000 (my voting data doesn't happen to go back any further), but he's also lied to the Philadelphia Inquirer about his voting record.  If the goal is to win back Congress and install the kinds of people whom best represent the values of the 8th District, voting for Warren in May would be about as effective as writing Fitzpatrick a check.

by jek36 2006-04-13 06:38AM | 0 recs
Public record on voting

I wasn't aware that who we voted for was public record. In fact, I didn't even know they tracked how an individual voted.

Where did you get this voting data? (I'm completely serious and not snarky. I did not know about this. Please fill me in.)

by LiberalFromPA 2006-04-13 10:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Public record on voting

A few days ago in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Andy stated that he voted for Clinton twice.  PoliticsPA, likely thinking it a bit odd that an elected official in the GOP would vote against a sitting president, did the research and found an Allentown Morning Call article from 1993 right after Clinton won his first term, with Andy stating, quite clearly, that he voted for George H.W. Bush.

You can see the full quote in my diary from yesterday.

As for his voting record in every election up until 2000, who knows.  

The bigger issue is not the actual voting but lying on such an inconsequential issue regarding a highly personal decision.  If he is lying about this, what else is he lying about???

by sem1480 2006-04-13 11:17AM | 0 recs

I got scared there for a sec. I thought everyone would find out I actually voted for George W. Bush! ;-)

by LiberalFromPA 2006-04-13 11:39AM | 0 recs
Re: PA-08: Pat Murphy is the genuine article

Murphy is absolutely right.

The military, and especially the Army, has always been ahead of the curve on racial integration in America.

They set the example for the rest of the country on what a meritocracy should be, in that regard.

I really hope they wake up on DADT.

by brownsox 2006-04-13 07:10AM | 0 recs


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