Stuart, FL – On Monday night at the Coalition of Sandpiper Bay Associations (COSBA) Candidates Forum 2012 in Pt. St Lucie, a senior staffer for Patrick Murphy’s congressional campaign had a public meltdown after the organizers allowed a statement from Allen West to be read aloud at the event.
In accordance with the Forum rules, a candidate is allowed 3 minutes for a closing comment, and may use that time however he or she sees fit. For her closing statement, Representative Gayle Harrell, who is running for re-election in Florida House District 81, yielded 2 minutes of her time to read West’s statement, just before Murphy took to the stage.
A visibly nervous Murphy then took to the microphone for his turn at the Forum. At the event’s close, one of Murphy’s staffers approached Richard McAfoos, the event moderator, and loudly and rudely berated him for allowing the statement, accusing McAfoos of unfairness, saying it violated their trust and damaged the integrity of the organization.
“I was frankly shocked to hear the comments from Patrick Murphy’s staff, but it’s clear Murphy and his team are growing increasingly angry and desperate,” said Michele Hickford, West for Congress press secretary, “Mr. McAfoos is a true gentleman, and the event was very professionally and fairly run. If the Murphy camp gets this upset over a written statement from Allen West, I can only imagine how unhinged they’ll be when Allen West is actually in the same room. No wonder Patrick Murphy has been hiding ever since Allen West issued a challenge for debates across the Treasure Coast open to the public.”
Here is the statement in its entirety:
But I am definitely with you in spirit – the spirit we share as fellow citizens of this great nation.
On the sixth of November, you will be called upon to choose the direction and future of these United States of America. You will not simply be choosing one candidate or another, you will be choosing the future direction of our Republic.
The question is not whether one candidate is nicer or more likable or even easier to relate to. The fundamental question you must ask yourself is what sort of a nation shall we be? And what does it mean to be an American?
Some will say the government must try “new ideas” in order to get our nation back on track. But these “new ideas” are nothing more than a repeat of failed liberal progressive policies, which have never succeeded anywhere they’ve been tried.
In this election, I pray my fellow Americans will wake up to the reality of what lies ahead if we do not reform our mandatory spending programs, reduce the regulatory red tape strangling our small businesses, institute sound fiscal and tax policies, and slow down the growth of the welfare nanny-state.
Throughout this nation’s history, our greatest prosperity has come when our citizens had unfettered freedom to innovate, build and expand, and our government focused on its most important role – that of ensuring the safety and security of its citizens.
My fellow Americans, I hope you will choose wisely this November, not just for yourself, but for your children and your grandchildren. God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.”