ORLANDO – Businesswoman, educator, and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy today sharply criticized Republican Congressman John Mica after news reports revealed he accepted a $1,000 contribution only two days after the June attack on Pulse Nightclub, a gay nightclub in downtown Orlando. 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:
“I am dismayed and outraged that Congressman John Mica accepted a $1,000 contribution from the gun lobby only two days after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando where 49 people were killed and 53 were wounded. This offensive contribution is exactly what is wrong with Washington – and explains why Congressman Mica continues to oppose and vote against commonsense, bipartisan gun security measures despite representing an area that is home to the largest mass shooting in American history.
“In Congress, I will bring both Republicans and Democrats together to pass reasonable and responsible gun security measures that make our communities and our families safer, including comprehensive criminal background checks and measures that prevent suspected terrorists on watch lists from buying weapons. It’s just common sense.”
Mica accepted a $1,000 check from the National Rifle Association two days after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando. [Florida Politics, 8/22/16]