AFP-Florida presses Stephanie Murphy to vote against infrastructure bill
Stephanie Murphy touts big money going to Central Florida.

The group says the $4-trillion package funds special interest sweetheart deals.

A mailer from Americans for Prosperity adds local pressure on Rep. Stephanie Murphy as she considers her vote on an infrastructure bill.

The new campaign-style flyer urges constituents in Florida’s 7th Congressional District to demand the Winter Park Democrat vote “no” on one of President Joe Biden’s priorities.

“Ask Rep. Stephanie Murphy to oppose President Biden’s Wasteful $4,000,000,000,000 ‘infrastructure’ proposal,” language on the flier reads.

The libertarian advocacy group made its opinion on the bill known before and announced in May it would reach out to voters in 27 congressional districts, including Murphy’s. That follows the group’s “End Washington Waste” campaign, according to spokespeople for AFP-FL, the Florida chapter for the group.

As co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, Murphy has built a reputation for remaining fiscally disciplined. But she helped to lead bipartisan negotiations around the infrastructure package that AFP now derides as waste.

When the first round of AFP mailers went out, Murphy responded by questioning the fiscal commitments of Republicans who ran up deficits during former President Donald Trump’s tenure.

“As the leader of the fiscally responsible Blue Dog Coalition, I have been a consistent champion for fiscal discipline, underscoring the threat that excessive deficits and debt pose to our economy, our security, and our children’s future,” Murphy said. “Unlike Congressional Republicans, who voted to dramatically increase the debt by cutting taxes for their wealthy donors, I remain committed to working to secure a bipartisan compromise that invests in our nation’s infrastructure, helps rebuild our economy, and brings good paying jobs to our community without raising taxes on hardworking middle class families.”

But the new mailer undermines that message with a point-by-point criticism of the infrastructure bill.

The mailer points out 5 cents of every dollar in spending in the $4-trillion package ends up funding roads or bridges. Meanwhile, a full $1 trillion goes to “sweetheart deals and carveouts to special interests.”

It also says the package will result in a historic $5.7-trillion tax hike that will “crush small businesses.”

Labeling the legislation “reckless,” the email closes by encouraging voters to visit, which links to a volunteer signup website.

Murphy notably represents one of Florida’s most closely divided congressional districts ahead of redistricting. Republican congressional candidate and state Rep. Anthony Sabatini shifted his candidacy this week to challenge Murphy’s reelection, though it remains unclear what jurisdictions will look like next year.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


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