By: Michele Kirk
Victim advocates, women voters and law enforcement professionals gathered outside the Stuart campaign office of Republican Congressman Allen West this morning to demand that his Democratic opponent, Patrick Murphy, stop running a TV ad that depicts West punching elderly white women and stealing money from a black family.
State Rep. Will Snyder and Tom Bakkedahl, chief assistant state attorney for Florida’s 19th Judicial Circuit, expressed outrage at both the ad and the fact that Murphy’s father is the main contributor to the super-PAC that financed it.
That group, American Sunrise, lists Murphy as the only candidate supported by the PAC, according to West’s campaign.
Stopping short of calling the ad illegal, West campaign representatives say it is not believable that Murphy did not know what role his father had, adding that now that there’s no question he knows, he should be telling his father to stop running the ad.