Stephanie Murphy TV spot in CD 7 introduces her past


Democratic congressional candidate Stephanie Murphy is debuting her first television commercial in the Winter Park-based Florida’s 7th Congressional District, highlighting her family’s past and her defense analysis work.

The commercial, which begins airing Tuesday, opens by explaining how her family escaped communist Vietnam as part of the historic “boat people” flotilla while she was a baby in the late 1970s.

It then talks about how she became a U.S. Defense Department analyst after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. While it does so, it shows pictures of her family and of an adult Murphy in various Defense Department situations, and of a commendation she received.

The campaign did not provide details on the advertising buy, except to note it was “six figures, including broadcast and cable.” WKMG-6 TV public records show the campaign bought 15 advertising spots there for the seven-day period beginning Tuesday. As of midday Monday, no contracts had been posted for other Orlando-market TV stations.

Murphy, of Winter Park, is taking on 12-term Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. John Mica of Winter Park. The district covers northeast and north-central Orange County and all of Seminole County.

“Murphy became a national security specialist at the Department of Defense; planned counterterrorism and disaster relief efforts; and was recognized for her commonsense problem solving,” the narrator says.

Then she gives her “stand by your ad” message, adding a slight twist to the themes of a thousand other campaigns, by suggesting an optimistic and compassionate approach.

“I approved this message because we can fix what’s wrong with Washington with what’s right about America,” Murphy states.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


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