Stephanie Murphy front-and-center in Time magazine ‘Guns in America’ project

Stephanie Murphy on Time magazine cover

Time Magazine loves it some Democrats from north-central Orange County.

The magazine’s latest issue, hitting newsstands Friday, features Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park almost front-and-center in a huge crowd of gun law debaters, in a digitally-created photo collage depicting America’s gun debate. The photo with Murphy in the center graces the cover of the paper magazine and is used as an interactive video on the magazine’s webpage. She also is quoted in the magazine.

Coincidentally her campaign says, Murphy’s campaign also is releasing a new television commercial Friday in which she briefly talks about her views on gun laws.

In Time’s online presentation, the collage is an interactive video, and her comments can be heard when viewers click on her image. She talks about how the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre motivated her to run for Congress and how she sought bipartisan support for gun law reforms, including her successful effort to remove the 22-year ban on federally funded gun violence research.

Murphy is facing a challenge from Republican state Rep. Mike Miller.

She’s the second Democratic politician to grace the cover of Time this year. Last January House District 47 Democratic candidate Anna Eskamani of Orlando was featured as one of “The Avengers” Time described as women “avenger” candidates moving into politics. Eskamani’s House District 47 is within Murphy’s Florida’s 7th Congressional District, and the two often campaign together.

Murphy’s campaign released a statement this morning announcing both the Time magazine participation and her new television commercial, which talks to people in an Orlando diner and mildly discusses guns.

“And the reason I love this country is that I owe this country my life. It’s about getting things done in a Washington that is so gridlocked,” she says in the commercial We should keep the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous people. We can find common ground so that we can move this country forward,” she says in the commercial.

The commercial is going up on Orlando TV Friday.

“From the Pentagon to the halls of Congress, public service for me has always been about putting people over politics,” Murphy stated. “I’m proud of my bipartisan record to make our schools better and our communities safer from gun violence. I love this country, and I will work hard every day to ensure a bright future for our children and that the American Dream is alive and well. In these closing days before the election, I’m humbly asking central Florida families to send me back to Congress to fight for them.”

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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