New PAC ad says Stephanie Murphy endorses no-budget no-pay in Congress

Stephanie Murphy

A new television commercial from the House Majority PAC and airing in the Orlando market, blames U.S. Rep. John Mica for Congress’s failures to pass budgets and says Democratic challenger Stephanie Murphy endorses the “no-budget, no-pay” proposal for salaries.

Mica’s campaign responded by declaring the ad has most of its facts wrong, and said it would pursue legal action to require TV stations to cease and desist from airing it.

In it, a narrator declares Congress has only one job — to pass a budget, but hasn’t been able to do so — yet says Mica voted to raise his Congressional pay eight times. The narrator doesn’t say Congress in fact passed a budget last year, though that was the first in six years. The ad cites a 2013 New York Times story on the failures to pass budgets.

The narrator then says that Murphy favors congressional pay cuts, and would push to tie congressional pay to approvals of federal budgets — no budget, no paycheck.

Mica’s campaign said he has never voted to fund any congressional pay raise, that there have been no pay raises in six years, and that he has voted for the No Budget, No Pay Act that Murphy espouses. And the campaign went after the PACs backing her.

The House Majority PAC is one of two Washington D.C. Democratic PACS investing heavily in the CD 7 race, pushing Murphy, of Winter Park, and opposing Mica, a 12-term incumbent from Winter Park.

“The Washington Democrat power brokers led by Nancy Pelosi have purchased an obscene amount of negative false and misleading TV ads to defeat John Mica,” said Mica’s campaign spokesman Alan Byrd. “Because of the distorted, misleading, and inaccurate ad currently being broadcast, the Mica campaign is pursing legal action to require television stations to cease and desist from airing these deceitful campaign ads. The American public is fed up with negative distortions in television campaign advertising.”

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].

One comment

  • Jay Hawk

    September 23, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    This is the sleaze that will come from a woman that claims she is running because she knows if we work together…this woman is nothing but a hired gun for special interest working to buy a congressional seat that gets results. Floridians should be aware that the goal of the Democrat Party is to weaken all our representatives.
    Congress has authority over financial and budgetary matters, through the enumerated power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.
    Congressman John Mica has long held our military and veteran in high esteem and works hard for all Floridians. It’s time we stand up to these Washington DC bullies working to distort the character of our champion Representative John Mica.

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