NEWS: Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy Statement on Election

ORLANDO – Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy today issued a statement calling for unity following yesterday’s historic election.

Statement from Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy:

“I am honored and humbled by the trust and faith the people of central Florida have placed in me to represent them in the U.S. Congress. I am also proud that our campaign gave a voice to the true values and priorities of this new and diverse district, which is ultimately why we won. This was a campaign focused on the issues – not partisanship – and I will take the same approach with me to our nation’s capital.

“I got into this race because I was so frustrated by the dysfunction and deadlock in Washington – where special interests and career politicians were the only ones benefitting from a broken government. We campaigned on bringing a new approach to Congress that would prioritize people over politics and would bring both parties together to grow an economy that works for everyone, to make our communities safer, and to get things done again in this country. I will take this same commonsense, bipartisan, and results-driven approach with me to Congress to fight for central Florida.

“We owe it to our new president and our country to come together, put families first again, and to move our nation forward with a stronger middle class. Just as I have always done – whether in business, academia, or in the Pentagon under a Republican president – I will work with anyone who is willing to work with me to get results and to make our great nation even greater.”

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Stephanie Murphy is an educator, businesswoman, and former national security specialist who is the Congresswoman-Elect for Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Stephanie currently works as an executive at Sungate Capital where she is responsible for leading investment efforts and implementing government affairs initiatives. She is also an instructor of business and social entrepreneurship at Rollins College. Previously, Stephanie served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children, Liem and Maya, ages six and two.

NEWS: National Experts Predict a Murphy Win in Florida Seventh

ORLANDO –Today, the nonpartisan Rothenberg and Gonzales Political Report moved the race rating in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District from “pure toss-up” to “toss-up/tilt Democratic.” They said, “Democrat Stephanie Murphy was a late entry into the race against GOP Rep. John Mica. But Democrats believe the race shifted 20 points in two months, and that Murphy is even with or even ahead of the congressman. Republicans admit Mica is in the fight of his life in a district Clinton looks poised to win, even though Romney carried it in 2012. Mica admitted to Politico that he didn’t have a campaign manager or a full-time press person. This seat looks ripe for the picking. Move from Pure Toss-Up to Toss-Up/Tilt Democratic.”

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“I am so proud of the support we’re receiving from people all across central Florida who are responding to our message of change, security and equality. National experts now agree that the momentum is on our side, and we are poised to win.

“With just a few days left until the election, every vote matters. I encourage everyone in central Florida to get out and vote during the early voting period from now until Sunday, November 6.”

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.

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NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Releases New TV Ad Featuring Barack Obama

ORLANDO –Today, businesswoman, educator and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy released a new television ad featuring Barack Obama, who calls on voters to support her campaign for Congress. Murphy, who is the Democratic nominee for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, announced Obama’s endorsement last week.

Click here to watch the ad.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“I’m proud to receive Barack Obama’s support in my campaign for change, security, and equality,” said Murphy. “In order to change Washington, we need to bring new voices to Congress. I’m fighting to strengthen our middle class, raise wages for American families, pass commonsense gun safety reform, and welcome a new prosperity for all Americans. I thank Barack Obama for his continual support of my campaign, and look forward to working in a bipartisan manner to bring change to Congress.”

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.

SCRIPT

President Obama:

To change Washington, we need a new approach.

That’s why we need Stephanie Murphy.

Her story could only happen in America.

Her family fled communist Vietnam by boat – when Stephanie was only a baby – and were rescued by the U.S. Navy.

She worked hard.  And after nine-eleven, Murphy became a recognized, national security specialist at the Department of Defense.

She’ll tackle the toughest problems head on.

Please join me in supporting Stephanie Murphy for Congress.

Stephanie Murphy:

I’m Stephanie Murphy and I approve this message.

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Stephanie Murphy is an educator, businesswoman, and former national security specialist who is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Stephanie currently works as an executive at Sungate Capital where she is responsible for leading investment efforts and implementing government affairs initiatives. She is also an instructor of business and social entrepreneurship at Rollins College. Previously, Stephanie served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children, Liem and Maya, ages six and two.

On 7-Year Anniversary of Hate Crimes Act, Stephanie Murphy Criticizes Mica for Putting His Politics Over People

ORLANDO – Seven years ago today, President Barack Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law – a sweeping measure that expanded the 1969 hate crime laws to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Congressman Mica voted against the law.

Matthew Shepard was a student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured, and murdered in 1996 because he was gay. James Byrd Jr. was an African-American male who was murdered in 1998 by three men because of his race.

“How many times can Congressman Mica vote against protecting all members of our community? Central Florida has had enough of Congressman Mica’s far-right, out-of-touch voting record,” said Murphy. “The Pulse shooting was not just a terrorist attack and the largest mass shooting in American history – it was also a hate crime – and Congressman Mica has voted time and again against cracking down on hate crimes. He has also twice voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Just what will it take for Congressman Mica to put the people of central Florida ahead of his own out-of-touch political agenda?”

According to the Human Rights Campaign, a crime motivated by the perpetrator’s bias against the victim occurs every hour in the United States.

BACKGROUND:

Congressman John Mica voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. [Roll Call 770, 08 October 2009]

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Stephanie Murphy is an educator, businesswoman, and former national security specialist who is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Stephanie currently works as an executive at Sungate Capital where she is responsible for leading investment efforts and implementing government affairs initiatives. She is also an instructor of business and social entrepreneurship at Rollins College. Previously, Stephanie served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children, Liem and Maya ages five and two.

NEWS: Joe Biden Endorses Stephanie Murphy for Congress

ORLANDO – Today, former national security specialist and candidate for Congress Stephanie Murphy announced that she has received the endorsement of Joe Biden.

“I am proud to endorse Stephanie Murphy for Congress,” said Biden. “Having grown up watching her parents work long, hard hours just so she and her brother could be the first in their family to attend college, Stephanie will be a voice in Congress for the hardworking families of Central Florida and will expand their access to the American Dream. In Congress, I know Stephanie will work with both parties to end the gridlock and put people first, whether by fighting to end senseless gun violence or making sure our kids have every opportunity to succeed.”

“I am honored and proud to receive Joe Biden’s endorsement in my campaign for change, security, and equality,” said Murphy. “No leader understands the struggles of working families more than Joe Biden, and he’s always been their biggest champion. In Congress, I hope to continue Joe’s fight for a stronger middle class – bringing Democrats and Republicans together to raise wages, fight for women and families, and support our seniors and veterans.”

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.

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NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Releases New Ad Highlighting Need for Change in Congress

ORLANDO – Former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy released her third television ad today, highlighting the need to bring change to Congress. Murphy’s new ad calls for a different approach on Capitol Hill, such as calling on Congress to pass “no budget, no pay” legislation, stop the partisan attacks on women’s health care, and put our families first by passing commonsense legislation to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.

Click here to view the new television ad.

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“If we want to change Washington, we must change the people we send to Washington,” said Murphy. “For too long, partisan gridlock has prevented Congress from working for the American people, and Congressman Mica has become part of the problem over his 30 years in D.C. We deserve leaders who will stand up for our families and keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, protect women’s access to health care, and pass a budget on time. Congress needs more people who will fight for American families. It’s time for a new approach.”

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NEWS: Barack Obama Endorses Stephanie Murphy for Congress

ORLANDO – Today, candidate for Congress Stephanie Murphy announced that she has received the endorsement of Barack Obama.

“I’m proud to endorse former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy for the United States House of Representatives,” said Barack Obama.

Continued Obama, “In Congress, I know Stephanie Murphy will put Central Florida families first, and fight to build on all of the progress we’ve made over the last eight years to create a stronger, safer, fairer country for our children. In the wake of the Pulse tragedy, I have been struck by the resilience of the greater Orlando community and how they have come together to reject hate and fear, and to fight to end the cycle of senseless gun violence in our country. Stephanie Murphy embodies those values and will work with both parties toward the commonsense gun safety reform we need, and will be a champion for Central Florida’s working families in Congress.”

“I am incredibly honored to be endorsed by Barack Obama, and I am so grateful for the steady hand in which he has guided our nation throughout his two terms in office,” said Stephanie Murphy. “Eight years ago our country was on the brink of economic disaster, and thanks to Obama, we have made incredible progress. But there is more work to be done. We must work in a bipartisan manner to strengthen our middle class, raise wages for American families, pass commonsense gun safety reform, and usher in a new prosperity for all Americans. I thank Barack Obama for his support of my campaign, and I look forward to working together with both parties to bring change, security, and equality to our nation.”

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.

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NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Responds to FEC Violation By Congressman John Mica

ORLANDO – Former national security specialist and Democratic nominee for Congress Stephanie Murphy released the following statement today after it was revealed that Congressman John Mica violated federal law with his recent television ad. According to FloridaPolitics.com, Congressman John Mica was “was hit with a formal complaint to the Federal Elections Commission Friday alleging he and his campaign violated federal law by failing to present proper campaign disclosures in a TV commercial airing in Florida’s 7th Congressional District race.”

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“Congressman Mica’s failure to comply with the basic rules of the Federal Election Commission in his attack ad is deeply troubling. I find it disturbing that instead of focusing on the issues most important to the people of central Florida, Congressman Mica has violated federal law in his attempt to launch outlandish and false attacks against me. I call on Mica to pull his illegal attack ad, and I look forward to a thorough investigation of Congressman Mica’s failure to comply with the Federal Election Commission.”

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.

Background:

“John Mica hit with FEC complaint about TV commercial disclosure” [Florida Politics, 10/21/16]

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NEWS: Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer Joins Stephanie Murphy for Tour of Local Business Incubator

ORLANDO – Yesterday, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) joined Stephanie Murphy for a tour of local business incubator Canvs. Established in April 2015, Canvs is home to 100 companies, dozens of start-ups, and the Orlando Tech Association.

“I was pleased to join Stephanie for a tour of Canvs, an organization working to promote innovation and job growth here in central Florida,” said Whip Hoyer. “Recently House Democrats relaunched the ‘Make It In America’ jobs plan to encourage entrepreneurs to create jobs here at home. As a businesswoman herself, Stephanie is committed to encouraging the growth of small businesses in the Seventh District, and I’m confident she will continue her work for Florida in our nation’s capital. I’m proud to support her in her campaign for Congress.”

“I want to thank Steny for joining me in Orlando to discuss the ways in which we can work to encourage job growth in central Florida and across the United States,” said Murphy. “We need an economy that works for more Americans. As a businesswoman in the private sector, I’ll work in a bipartisan way to create better, higher-pay jobs in central Florida so that every family has a fair shot at the American Dream. That’s why I support the ‘Make It In America’ plan, so that we can promote entrepreneurship and innovation that strengthens our economy and puts our families first.”

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.

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NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Responds to the Final Presidential Debate

ORLANDO – Following last night’s presidential debate, Stephanie Murphy released the following statement condemning the Republican nominee and Congressman John Mica’s continued support of Donald Trump.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“What will it take for Congressman Mica to put Floridians ahead of Donald Trump? Congressman Mica has stuck with his party’s nominee through despicable attacks on women, Veterans, minorities, and even a Gold Star mother. But Trump’s latest refusal to say he will accept the results of the election is an attack on our 240-year-old American democracy. By refusing to reject his nominee’s dangerous, anti-democratic views because, as he said, he’s ‘pretty much a party loyalist,’ Congressman Mica makes it clearer than ever that he puts his party ahead of his country. Our district deserves better than this.”

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