The Murphy for Congress campaign released the following statement in response to an Allen West attack ad on Patrick Murphy's religious beliefs:
"How dare Allen West question my faith," said Murphy. "This deeply offensive ad is not in the spirit of American political discourse and inappropriately attempts to assign guilt by association. Once again, Allen West has crossed a line with this hateful ad. His campaign tactics are reprehensible and not befitting a Member of Congress."
Remarked Murphy for Congress communications director Erin Moffet: "Patrick Murphy had nothing whatsoever to do with the DNC platform, and strenuously disagreed with language omitted on Jerusalem and God -- and was glad to see immediate changes made to incorporate these important planks. The President had the courage to do the right thing and not let the extremes dictate the party's platform. Sadly, Republican leaders did not have the same courage. While Allen West jumped at the opportunity to criticize the DNC platform, he has remained silent on the fact that his own party's platform contains policies that end Medicare as we know it and take away a woman's right to choose even in cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother. Once again, West has desperately launched a personal and unfounded attack on Patrick Murphy to distract from his own embarrassing record and statements."