Why YOU need to care about PA-08 (Part 5 of 10)

Part 5: Who is Patrick Murphy?

This is the fifth segment of a ten part series about why you, and the netroots community as a whole, should be focused on the Eighth Congressional District of Pennsylvania.  There has been a lot of discussion around the net about what makes a good "netroots" candidate - this is my case for Patrick Murphy in PA-08.

If you haven't already, please check out the first four installments:

* A Democratic District in Republican Hands

* The Real, Right-Wing Mike Fitzpatrick

* Part 3: Republican Dirty Tricks in PA-08 Democratic Primary

* Part 4:Fitzpatrick: Bought the Very First Day

More on the flip....

I am finally back with Part 5.  Hmmmm I don't even know where to begin on an introduction to Patrick Murphy.  There is so much to say, and so much has been written.  I guess this quote from Larry Ceisler of PoliticsPA is as good as any a place to start:

Murphy comes square at the GOP's strength. He recently left the Army where he served in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne. As a member of the Judge Advocate Corp, he was an instructor at West Point and if elected, would be the first Iraq veteran to go to Congress. He . . . went to Bucks County Community College.  He worked full time on the Kerry-Edwards campaign and made a lot of friends in the process. He is a nightmare opponent for any Bush Republican. Murphy is a soldier who says he is in it for the duration

Oh, but that is just the beginning:  He forgot that Murphy is a Bronze Star getting, Constitutional Law Teaching, Dynamic Speaking, All-Around Good Guy,  who is also a damn good fundraiser.

And, oh yeah, did I mention that he was Deployed in Bosnia, recently named one of Philadelphia Daily News' "21 On the Spot" and had President Clinton say this about him:   "We need to find ways to multiply the spirit shown by Patrick Murphy . . . if we're going to meet our country's challenges." 

This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg - for the full story check out Patrick's Bio on the Murphy06 Website or watch the campaign video.

Tags: PA-08, Patrick Murphy (all tags)


1 Comment

Stand By Your Commander!

  Patrick Murphy will speak in support of Major General Charles Swannack,
  former Commander of the 82nd Airborne, who is calling for Secretary of
                      Defense Rumsfeld's resignation

Patrick Murphy will speak on SUNDAY, APRIL 23rd, at 11:00AM, in support of
his former commander, Major General Charles Swannack, in his call for the
resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.  Patrick Murphy will
be speaking at Patrick Murphy Campaign Headquarters, at 1631 Edgely Road in

Major General Swannack is the former commander of the 82nd Airborne during
Operation Iraqi Freedom.  On April 13th, Maj. General Swannack and five
other generals called for Rumsfeld's resignation due to his mismanagement
of the war in Iraq.  As a former Captain in the 82nd Airborne, Patrick
Murphy saw first-hand Secretary Rumsfeld's mismanagement, and agrees with
his former commander that our country needs a new direction in Iraq, and it
should start with a new Secretary of Defense.

           WHO:             Patrick Murphy, Veteran of Operation Iraqi
            Freedom and Congressional Candidate for Pennsylvania's 8th

WHAT:           Patrick will support his former commander, Maj. General
Charles Swannack, in
      his call for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

WHEN:           SUNDAY, APRIL 23rd, 11:00AM

      1631 Edgeley Road, Levittown, PA, 19057


by howardpark 2006-04-21 01:47PM | 0 recs


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