Endorsement: Elect Murphy To U.S. Congress

The Nov. 6 general election is just days away, and Florida voters have plenty to decide before they enter their polling place. For the past several weeks, the Town-Crier has offered opinions on some of the items voters will find on the ballot. This week we offer our recommendations for U.S Congress in District 18, State Senate in District 25 and the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors.

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 18 — Incumbent Congressman Allen West (R-District 22) headed north to run in the newly drawn District 18, covering the Treasure Coast and northern Palm Beach County, including The Acreage. He faces a challenge from Democrat Patrick Murphy. This has been one of the nastiest Congressional campaigns nationwide, and it underscores the lack of respect between the two national parties. Elected in 2010 on a wave of Tea Party support, Mr. West has made a name for himself, though it’s mostly because of his comments about Democrats, whom he considers unpatriotic and suggested at one point they “get the hell out” of the country. It’s unfortunate, too, because in person Mr. West is a wonderful guy and extremely charming. But on the national stage he is a symbol of the polarization in Congress. Now more than ever, Congress needs to come together, not be pulled further apart. Accusing other members of being “Communists” might make for good headlines and will definitely rile up the conservative base, but it further sets back relations between the two parties, both in Congress and across the nation. While Mr. Murphy is not an ideal candidate — we would prefer someone from the area with a longer track record — as a former Republican, he will likely take more moderate positions and be willing to work with the other side. And right now, that is crucial, especially if the elections result in a divided government. The Town-Crier endorses Patrick Murphy for the U.S. House of Representatives in District 18.


  1. Murphy supports President Obama’s disastrous economic policies. Tuesday will prove that your reader will reject Murphy. The Town Crier did not support Allen West when he ran against Ron Klein. You said then that your objection to West was that Klein had seniority in the House. West is the one now with the seniority and experience.

    Colonel Allen West served his country in battle and fought Arab terrorists. Murphy took the low road and showed Congressman West punching a little old white woman. Belive me your readers get it. West was willing to lay down his life in defense of women. Your readers are sick of negative ads. But that is all Murphy has to fight with. He will support piling on national debt, which is already costing us $350 billion dollars a minute.

    Colonel Allen West was a War College Graduate where they learned about Communism. The Encyclopedia Britannica defines “communism”: the political and economic doctrine that aims to replace private property and a profit-based economy with public ownership and communal control of at least the major means of production (e.g., mines, mills, and factories) and the natural resources of a society.

    Congressman West explained his analogy between Democrat policies and Communist ideology. The takeover of the Auto Industry and the Banking sector, Congressman West is opposed to taking property from one group essentially by force and giving it to another group.

    President Obama could not have been clearer about government ownership of property when he unilaterally, in fact unconstitutionally terminated provate property oil leases, saying “these are public lands” and private industry can’t just decide when it is most profitable to drill? i.e.”You drill when I tell you to drill”.

    Murphy is a Democrat but was a Republican in the past. In other words neither Democrats or Republicans know what Murphy will do tomorrow.

    All I ask from The Town Crier is that it takes a higher road than the Palm Beach Post. I supported West over Klein, and I still support Colonel Allen West today.

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