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.”


NEWS: Human Rights Campaign Endorses Stephanie Murphy for Congress

ORLANDO – Today, the Human Rights campaign announced their endorsement of former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. The Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, represents 1.5 million members and supporters across the county. HRC fights to ensure equal rights for all LGBTQ Americans.

“Stephanie Murphy is someone who will work to ensure that everyone, including LGBTQ people, can one day live free from fear of discrimination,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “HRC is proud to endorse Stephanie Murphy, who will be an important ally as we fight to pass the Equality Act and take us an important step closer to equal treatment under the law for LGBTQ people.”

“I am so proud to receive this endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign, a tireless advocate for LGBTQ Americans,” said Murphy. “Equal rights are human rights, and no American should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love. I’m proud to stand with HRC in support of the Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment, and education. We must continue the fight ensure equal treatment for all LGBTQ Americans.”

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.


Mica: “I Think People Want To Reserve The Sanctity Of A Marriage Between A Man And A Woman.” “Well, I think people are concerned about — about marriage. Again, if you go beyond Washington, D.C. — and it`s a beautiful day here in Washington, D.C. — but it`s quite different out there. I think people want to reserve the sanctity of a marriage between a man and a woman.” [Tucker (MSNBC), Transcript, 10/31/06]

Supported “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Military LGBT Ban. “Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Reps. John Mica and Bill Posey all said they support ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ — but added caveats, saying they would be open-minded about changes suggested by the Pentagon. Said Mica: ‘I am sure there are many people with different sexual persuasions who have served this country well.’” [Orlando Sentinel, 8/16/09]

Voted Against Preventing Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation Or Gender Identity. In January 2016, Mica voted against a motion that would “exempt from the bill’s provisions any rule that prohibits discrimination by federal contractors or subcontractors on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.” The motion to recommit failed, 178-239. [HR 1155, Vote #19, 1/07/16; CQ Floor Votes, 1/8/15]

Opposed Expanding Federal Hate Crime Law. In 2009, Mica voted against expanding federal hate crime law to cover offenses based on a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition the bill would also cover crimes based on a victim’s physical or mental disability. At the time of the bill passage, the law only covered the use of threat or force based on race, color, religion or national origin. The bill passed 249-175. [HR 1913, Vote #223, 4/29/09; CQ Weekly, 5/04/09]

Received A 0% Grade From The Human Rights Campaigns 114th – 111th Congressional Scorecards. [Human Rights Campaign, accessed 10/13/16]


MEMO: Stephanie Murphy Takes The Lead

TO: Interested Parties
FROM:  Brad Howard, Campaign Manager, Stephanie Murphy for Congress
DATE:  Friday, Oct. 14
SUBJECT:  FL-07 State of the Race


Stephanie Murphy Takes The Lead 

Strong Campaign by Murphy & Donald Trump’s Sinking Numbers Position Murphy for Victory


Businesswoman, educator and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy is giving Congressman John Mica his toughest challenge in his 23-year career in Congress. And this week, a new poll shows that Murphy has taken a two-point lead, with room to grow. By all accounts, Murphy’s momentum is gaining, and she is well positioned for an upset on Election Day.


It is clear that Murphy, her powerful story, and her message of change, security, and equality are resonating with voters in this young, diverse district. Voters are also rejecting Donald Trump’s candidacy and are abandoning Congressman Mica – especially independent voters – because they view Mica’s partisanship and consistent support of Trump as troubling.

In a DCCC poll of 499 likely voters in Florida’s Seventh District conducted on Oct. 10, Stephanie Murphy leads Congressman John Mica by two points, 45% to 43%. Murphy also has increasing favorability and strong support among independent voters in the district, leading Mica by 18 points among them.

Further findings from the poll:

  • As more voters learn about Murphy, she has been able to turn an 18-point deficit (36% Murphy to 54% Mica) into a two-point lead (45% Murphy to 43% Mica) in just two short months. Murphy still has room to grow, considering that 50% of voters who are still undecided in the Congressional race plan to vote for Hillary Clinton in the Presidential race, compared to just 15% who plan to vote for Donald Trump.
  • Hillary Clinton holds a commanding 11-point lead over Donald Trump in the district (47% to 36%). Clinton leads by 22 points among registered independents.
  • Mica’s continued support of Trump is a liability. Fifty-one percent of voters say they are less likely to support Mica due to his support of Trump and just 30 percent say it makes them more likely to support Mica. Independent voters are especially uncomfortable with Mica’s support of Trump, with 62 percent of them saying it makes them less likely to support Mica.


The House: 10 Most Vulnerable: “#5: Congressman John Mica:  This 12-term Republican hasn’t faced a serious election in decades, and Democrats didn’t even have a competitive challenger against him until late June. But with Stephanie Murphy now in the race, Mica finds himself on this list for the first time because he’s facing re-election in a heavily redistricted seat that’s more Democratic and at least 40 percent new to him. Republicans are concerned that he hasn’t invested the time or resources to introduce himself to new voters, while Democrats are treating this like a top pickup opportunity.” – [Roll Call, 10/11/2016]


Experts Rating Last Updated
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball Toss-up Oct. 13, 2016
Washington Post’s “The Fix” Toss-up Oct. 12, 2016
The Cook Political Report Toss-up Sept. 29, 2016
The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report Toss-up/Tilt Republican Sept. 29, 2016


“Set against a backdrop of redistricting, national tragedy, demographic change and hotly contested presidential race, FL-07 is exactly the type of district that could make the difference between Democrats picking up a modest (5-10) or larger (10-20) number of House seats on Election Night. It also happens to feature the most jarring contrast between an incumbent and a challenger in the country. This race moves to the Toss Up column.” [The Cook Political Report, 9/29/2016]


NEWS: Murphy to Mica: Do You Still Think This is Still Just ‘Locker Room Talk’?

ORLANDO – When lewd comments made by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump bragging about the sexual assault of women leaked last Friday, Trump excused it as “locker room talk.” And enthusiastic Donald Trump supporter Congressman John Mica repeated the “locker room” talking point on Monday, as he reaffirmed his support for Trump: “I will still support the Republican nominee.” [10/10/16, Orlando Sentinel].

Today, in the wake of last night’s New York Times report that Trump inappropriately touched two women, congressional candidate Stephanie Murphy released the following statement:

On Monday, John Mica dismissed what Donald Trump said he did as merely ‘locker room talk.’ To be so dismissive of Trump’s bragging about sexual assault is as out of touch as it is dangerous.

“Now that two more brave women have come forward with disturbing stories about Donald Trump, I ask Congressman Mica – do you think what Donald Trump did was sexual assault?

“If Mica doesn’t, then that’s wrong. If he does think it was sexual assault and he continues to support Donald Trump anyway, then that’s just as wrong.

“Congressman Mica’s continued enthusiastic support for Trump proves that he places party loyalty and partisanship over doing the right thing for the women and families he should be putting first.”


NEWS: Orlando & Seminole County Fire Fighters Endorse Stephanie Murphy for Congress

ORLANDO – Orlando Professional Fire Fighters I.A.F.F. Local 1365 and Seminole County Professional Fire Fighters I.A.F.F. 3254 have endorsed businesswoman and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Fire fighters said her experience in national security and her clear vision for Florida’s future would help fire fighters and other public servants keep our communities safe.

“On behalf of the over 500 men and women that make up the Orlando Professional Firefighters, we are pleased to endorse Stephanie Murphy for United States Congress,” said Ron Glass, president of I.A.F.F. Local 1365. “The Orlando Professional Firefighters Local 1365 have always taken great pride in their involvement with the political process as well as the endorsement of candidates who help serve in the best interest of public safety.  As an experienced public servant with a clear vision for the needs of firefighters and the citizens of Florida alike, we look forward to working with Stephanie Murphy on various important issues during her tenure as a U.S. Representative.”

“The Seminole County Fire Fighters are pleased to endorse Stephanie Murphy,” said Mike Edmiston, president of the I.A.F.F. Local 3254. “This election is about making a difference. Stephanie is a champion for the middle class and will work to improve the lives of families throughout the Seventh District.”

Murphy said she will always stand with those in uniform and will work with both Republicans and Democrats to keep our communities safe.

“As someone who worked alongside our men and women in uniform in the Pentagon, I have always believed we need to have the backs of those who protect and serve our communities and our country,” said Murphy. “Our top priority should never be partisanship – it should always be to keep our communities and our neighborhoods safe. I am incredibly honored to receive the endorsement of the brave fire fighters in the Seventh Congressional District and other first responders who risk their lives and run into danger when others are running out. In Congress, I will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our brave public servants to ensure they have the training, resources and support they need to keep our communities safe.”


NEWS: Florida AFL-CIO Endorses Stephanie Murphy for Congress

ORLANDO – Today, Florida AFL-CIO announced their endorsement of former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Florida AFL-CIO represents roughly 500 local labor unions and councils, and more than a million workers and retirees. The organization includes Floridians from all trades, including construction workers, health care professionals, teachers, agricultural workers, law enforcement, and restaurant employees.

“Central Florida deserves a local leader that understands the needs of our community and will stand with workers in Congress,” said Eric Clinton, President of the Central Florida AFL-CIO. “We need leadership that will push through the Washington gridlock to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the corporations. Stephanie Murphy is the clear choice for working families in the CD 7 race and we are proud to endorse her campaign to represent working people in our community.”

“I’m proud to receive an endorsement from the hardworking Floridians that make up the Florida AFL-CIO,” said Murphy. “My dad worked long hours at hard labor jobs, and it was the union that stood up for our family and gave us a voice. We need to restore America’s middle class by raising wages to a livable wage, strengthening retirements, and putting families first by passing paid family leave. We need an economy that works for all of us, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to ensure every family has a shot at the American Dream.”

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.


Mica Has Voted At Least 17 Times Against Increasing Minimum Wage. [H Con Res 96, Vote #176, 4/10/14; HR 803, Vote #74, 3/15/13; H Res 487, Vote #65, 2/26/14; H Res 492, Vote #79, 2/27/14; H Res 530, Vote #152, 4/02/14; H Res 539, Vote #157, 4/04/14; HR 2, Vote #18, 1/10/07; HR 1591, Vote #186, 3/23/07; HR 2206, Vote #333, 5/10/07; HR 2206,Vote #424, 5/24/07; HR 1591, Vote #276, 5/02/07; HR5638, Vote #308, 6/22/06; HR2389, Vote #382, 7/19/06; HR2990,Vote#364, 7/12/06; HR4411, Vote #360, 7/11/06; HR 5672, Vote #319, 6/27/06; HR 3448, Vote #398, 8/02/96]

Mica Voted For “Pay Working Families Less Act.” In 2013, Mica voted for a bill that would undermine the 40 hour work week, cut workers’ pay, and provide no guarantee of paid vacation days for employees when they need them. [HR 1406,Vote #137, 5/08/13]

1995: Compared Providing Food To Families On Welfare To Feeding Alligators. “Debate on the bill continued in emotionally charged language Friday, when Rep. John L. Mica, R-Fla., took to the House floor to compare providing food to families on welfare with feeding alligators. ‘Now people are not alligators, but I submit that with our current handout, nonwork welfare system, we’ve upset the natural order. We’ve failed to understand simple warning signs. We’ve created a system of dependency,’ he said.” [Associated Press, 3/25/95; C-SPAN, Video, 3/24/95]

Mica Voted At Least 18 Times Against Extending Or To Undermine Unemployment Benefits [H Con Res 96,Vote #176, 4/10/14; H Res 438, Vote #637, 12/12/13; H Res 455, Vote #5, 1/09/14; H Res 458, Vote #19, 1/15/14; H Res 465,Vote #26, 1/28/14; H Res 497, Vote #93, 3/05/14; H Res 501, Vote #99, 3/06/14; H Res 544, Vote #169, 4/08/14; HR 3630,Vote #72, 2/17/12; HR 3630, Vote #923, 12/13/11; HR 6419, Vote #579, 11/18/10; HR 4213, Vote #463, 7/22/10; HR 5618,Vote #423, 7/01/10; HR 5618, Vote #398, 6/29/10; HR 7110, Vote #660, 9/26/08; HR 5749, Vote #412, 6/12/08; HR 5749,Vote #411, 6/12/08; HR 2642, Vote #330, 5/15/08]


NEWS: Planned Parenthood Action Fund Endorses Stephanie Murphy for Congress

ORLANDO – Today, Planned Parenthood Action Fund announced their endorsement of former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and nonpartisan political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational, advocacy and electoral activity, including legislative advocacy, voter education, and grassroots organizing.

“The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is proud to endorse Stephanie Murphy for Congress,” said Anna Eskamami, of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. “Unlike her opponent, Stephanie supports Planned Parenthood health centers and wants to ensure that patients are able to access birth control and cancer screenings and the other preventive care they provide. Cutting off access to reproductive may be a talking point for some politicians like Rep. John Mica, but their words and policies have devastating consequences.”

“I’m honored to receive Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s endorsement,” said Murphy. “Women’s health care is under attack by Rep. John Mica and Republicans in Washington, who have repeatedly voted to prevent women from making their own health care and family planning decisions. While my opponent votes against women and supports government intrusion into private health care decisions, I’m committed to working with Planned Parenthood to improve access to health care for women across the country.”

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.


Rep. John Mica voted against authorizing The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) [HR 3355, Vote #416, 8/21/94] and voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. [S. 47, Vote #55, 2/28/13]

Rep. John Mica Voted At Least 10 Times To Defund Planned Parenthood. [HR 3043, Vote #684, 7/19/07; CQ, 1/6/16; H.R. 3762, Vote 6,1/6/16; CQ, 10/23/15; H.R. 3762, Vote 568, 10/23/15; CQ, 9/17/15; H.Res.421, Vote 502,9/17/15; CQ, 9/17/15; H.Res.421, Vote 503, 9/17/15; CQ, 9/18/15; H.R. 3134, Vote 505, 9/18/15; CQ, 9/30/15; H.Res. 448, Vote 525, 9/30/15;CQ, 9/30/15; H.Con.Res. 79, Vote 527, 9/30/15; CQ,4/14/11; H.Con.Res. 36, Vote 271, 4/14/11; CQ,2/18/11; H.R. 1, Pence of Indiana Amendment No. 11, Vote 93, 2/18/11]


NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Releases New Ad Highlighting Mica’s Enthusiastic Support for Trump — “I Love Trump” — and His Harmful Policies

Murphy: “I call on Congressman Mica to do the right thing and denounce and disavow Donald Trump once and for all.”

ORLANDO – Former national security specialist and candidate for Congress Stephanie Murphy released her second television ad of the cycle highlighting Republican Congressman John Mica’s consistent and enthusiastic support of Donald Trump, including Mica saying, “I love Trump.” The ad also highlights Trump and Mica’s shared harmful policies of restricting access to women’s health care and opposing commonsense efforts to reduce gun violence. The ad ends with Murphy calling for a new approach, saying, “to change Washington, we need to change the people we send there.”

Click here to view the new television ad.

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

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“Congressman John Mica has long been a consistent and enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump, going so far as to say, ‘I love Trump.’ What’s more concerning is that Trump and Mica share the same harmful policies of dismantling women’s rights and opposing commonsense laws to reduce gun violence. Spending nearly 30 years in Washington has changed John Mica, and he’s become out of touch with the values of women and families in central Florida. I call on Congressman Mica to do the right thing and denounce and disavow Donald Trump once and for all.

“It’s time for strong moral leadership in Congress that treats everyone equally and with dignity – and with a new approach that puts the security and prosperity of Floridians over partisan politics.”


NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Denounces Trump’s ‘Disgusting and Insulting’ Remarks Caught on Audio

ORLANDO – Following a bombshell release of an audio tape where Donald Trump is overheard making lewd comments about women, former national security specialist and candidate for Congress Stephanie Murphy called Trump’s remarks “disgusting and insulting” and criticized Congressman John Mica for continuing to support Donald Trump for president.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“Donald Trump’s disgusting and insulting comments are absolutely indefensible, and I denounce them in the strongest possible terms. Every woman should be personally offended by this type of behavior. We cannot allow this man to demean and harass women without recognizing the dangerous example it sets for our children and our society.

“Congressman John Mica has yet to denounce any of Donald Trump’s attacks on women throughout this campaign and he continues to support Donald Trump’s agenda to dismantle women’s rights. Either Congressman Mica is putting partisanship over principles or these are John Mica’s principles – either way, it’s wrong.”


MEMO: Stephanie Murphy Enters Home Stretch of Campaign with Strong Momentum

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Brad Howard, Campaign Manager, Stephanie Murphy for Congress
DATE: Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
SUBJECT: FL-07 State of the Race

Stephanie Murphy Enters Home Stretch of Campaign with Strong Momentum

Experts Across the Country Agree Mica Facing Toughest Challenge of His Decades-Long Career in Washington


Former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy has put together a strong, well-organized campaign to unseat longtime incumbent Republican Congressman John Mica in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District.

Over the last three months, Murphy has increased her name ID throughout the district and brought the race to a “virtual tie” according to a recent poll. She has barnstormed the district introducing herself to voters, fired up her Democratic base, and held Mica accountable for his far-right, partisan voting record that is out of touch with his new congressional district.

Political experts across the country have taken notice, universally moving their expert predictions toward a Murphy win in November. As the campaign heads into its final 30 days, the momentum is clearly on Stephanie Murphy’s side.


Murphy’s overall message of change, security and equality is resonating with voters in this young, diverse and vibrant area of Florida. Florida’s Seventh Congressional District is now one of the youngest and most diverse districts in the state, comprising key voting blocs that are particularly turned off by not only Donald Trump’s toxic candidacy, but also John Mica’s out of touch positions.

The diverse, growing makeup of the district continues to be problematic for John Mica. Latinos make up 18.2 percent of the voting age population and African Americans make up 9.4 percent. Party registration is split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, and Barack Obama carried the district with 50 percent in 2012 and 52 percent in 2008.

In an extremely competitive district with diversifying demographics that also includes the University of Central Florida – the nation’s second largest university – Murphy is well-positioned with voters who are rejecting Trump’s divisive, reckless politics.

In addition to a favorable national environment for Democrats, the recent Pulse tragedy in Orlando has put into stark relief just how out of touch John Mica is. As the greater Orlando community has come together with one voice to call for change, he has continued to oppose common sense gun violence prevention measures and maintained his anti-LGBT record. His refusal to join together with this movement has caught the attention of national groups including the brand new Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, which made Stephanie Murphy its first-ever endorsement and which has been running digital ads holding Mica accountable for his record.


“The poll shows Mica leading Murphy 48 percent to 45 percent. That basically puts Murphy in a virtual tie with the long term congressman, when the poll’s 4.9 percent margin of error is taken into account.” – Orlando Sentinel [9/21/2016]

Global Strategy Group and Lester & Associates conducted a district-wide survey of 401 likely November 2016 voters in Florida’s 7th Congressional District between September 13-15, 2016.

Key findings include: are

  • Murphy’s surging support has sent the race into a statistical tie, with Murphy down by only 3 points (45% Murphy/48% Mica) compared to her 18-point deficit in August when she was totally unknown (36% Murphy/54% Mica).
  • Murphy has much more room to grow. Stephanie Murphy’s familiarity and favorability increased with every single demographic group. However, she is still known by just about a third of the electorate (34%) while the long-tenured Mica is known to about twice as many voters (64%). The fact that Murphy is in a statistical tie despite this 30-point name ID gap is very good news.
  • Mica is weighted down by the national mood. In Florida’s 7th District, Hillary Clinton leads Trump by 6 points in a head-to-head matchup (47% Clinton/41% Trump).


Over the last few weeks, nonpartisan race watchers and political observers have taken note of the momentum behind Stephanie Murphy’s campaign and Mica’s new vulnerability:

  • The Cook Political Report: Lean GOP to Toss-Up

“Set against a backdrop of redistricting, national tragedy, demographic change and hotly contested presidential race, FL-07 is exactly the type of district that could make the difference between Democrats picking up a modest (5-10) or larger (10-20) number of House seats on Election Night. It also happens to feature the most jarring contrast between an incumbent and a challenger in the country. This race moves to the Toss Up column.” [9/29/2016]

  • Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report: GOP Favored to Toss-Up/TiltGOP

“Democrats are bullish on Stephanie Murphy’s chances against long-time GOP Rep. John Mica. It’s a young (for Florida) and diverse district that Clinton looks poised to win, and the congressman hasn’t had a serious general election test in years… Move from Republican Favored to Toss-Up/Tilt Republican.” [9/30/2016]

  • Frank Bruni, The New York Times

“…Prominent among the issues that Murphy, 37, is campaigning on is her 73-year-old opponent’s dismal record on L.G.B.T. rights. And some Democrats are convinced that this could work powerfully in her favor, especially at this time, in this place. Her district includes much of Orlando, though not Pulse itself, and is home to victims’ relatives and friends. Murphy was at Pulse on this day to show it to United States Representative Barbara Lee, a California Democrat who belongs to a quickly swelling army of party leaders who have traveled to Florida to stump for Murphy or help her raise money, reflecting the party’s identification of her contest as one that might flip a House seat from red to blue and help to erode the Republican majority.” [9/03/2016]