Democratic nominee Stephanie Murphy is out with a new TV commercial in the Orlando market, “Times Change,” that seeks to portray Republican U.S. Rep. John Mica as out of step with the times in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.
The ad begins with staccato shots of a phonograph turning into a cassette player turning into a CD player turning into WalkMan turning into an iPod turning into a smartphone, then old portraits of Mica, as Murphy declares, “Times change, but John Mica went to Washington over 30 years ago.”
The ad then hits Mica on three issues — congressional budgets tied to congressional pay, women’s rights, and gun law reform. The first issue has been strongly disputed by Mica’s campaign, who’ve said he’s actually sponsored legislation to tie congressional paychecks to whether or not Congress passes budgets. The second two, while Mica’s campaign has argued he’s supported them, nonetheless reflect clear distinctions between Mica’s and Murphy’s policy positions.
“In order to change Washington, we need to change the people we send there,” she concludes.
The ad ends with Murphy’s son bringing her the cassette player and asking, “What’s this Mommy?” She replies, “Oh, it’s a long story.”