Patrick Murphy: "I Am Proud to Stand With the 99 Percent"

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Patrick Murphy, one of the Democratic hopefuls in the race for Rep. Allen West's congressional seat, has joined several of his party colleagues -- including DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former Rep. Alan Grayson -- to come out in support of the Occupy movement.

In an email to campaign supporters, Murphy says he is "proud to stand with the 99 percent" and denounced West's name-calling comments identifying the Occupy protesters as "communists," "Marxist," "Stalinist," and "socialist" in the same sentence and adding that they're just a bunch of "gangs."

"Allen West and his right-wing allies have no answer for the woes facing the middle class in America," Murphy says. "So once again, they've resorted to name-calling and cartoonish characterizations of progressives and the supporters of Occupy Wall Street."

Murphy's still got one year and one day until the general election -- the primary isn't until August -- but he and the other Democratic hopeful, former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel, have been consistently hammering away at West's short but strange stay in the House of Representatives.

Instead of calling the Occupy movement "laughable" or saying it's full of "the bad people," as West has done, Murphy decided to offer a different stance on the protesters.

Here's part of the email he sent out yesterday:

Dear Friends,

Allen West and his right-wing allies have no answer for the woes facing the middle class in America. So, once again, they've resorted to name calling and cartoonish characterizations of progressives and the supporters of Occupy Wall Street.

Despite the fact that Americans are hurting, Allen West has described the Occupy Wall Street movement as "laughable," calling the protesters "communists," "Stalinists," and "gangs."

When they dismiss the Occupy protests as simply a bunch of left-wing drum circles, they are deliberately ignoring the real plight of middle-class Americans and the ever-widening income gap.


Americans are angry because:
  • There are 25 million unemployed and underemployed workers in the US
  • The average Fortune 500 CEO makes $11 million, while an average worker makes under $30,000
  • In the last 30 years, the income for the top 1% grew 275% while the bottom 99% saw less than 50% growth
  • The average college student graduates with $28,000 in loan debt
When they label peaceful protesters as gangs, they are simply encouraging and legitimizing the suppression of the protesters' rights and freedoms.

Whether you join a protest or simply support the sentiment of the movement, you too should be angry at the hypocrisy of West and the Tea Party. While claiming to be Constitutionalists, they're quick to label those with an opposing view on health care, Medicare, or equal rights as a real threat to America.

While the protests call for accountability, Republicans in Washington are advocating even less in the way of consumer protections, and Wall Street regulations.

I am proud to stand with the 99%, proud to support the middle class, and proud to defend the rights of Americans to peacefully disrupt the conversation. If we're going to improve America's trajectory, progressives can't simply back down...

We need to get LOUDER!


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Anthony Naughton
Anthony Naughton

As a member of the Occupy Fort Lauderdale movement,  I would welcome Mr. Murphy to come out and sleep at City Hall with those of us who do occupy there nightly, so that way when the Police come out to take our stuff because some of us have lives that we need to attend to on a daily basis, he can see them violate our 4th Amendment right of illegally seizing our belongings without a warrant or due process.And then he can make the changes we are looking for, which include:

--LESS CORPORATE LOBBYING FOR CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT--LIVING WAGES--ELIMINATE TAX CUTS ON THE ULTRA RICH AND MAKE THEM PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE--ELIMINATE THE DEAD PEASANT LIFE INSURANCE POLICY MOST BANKS AND PLACES LIKE WALMART TAKE OUT ON THEIR EMPLOYEES SO THAT WAY THEY CAN GET RICHER WHEN AN EMPLOYEE DIES AND THE FAMILY GETS NOTHING.--END CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH CARE FOR THOSE WHO LEAVE CONGRESS IF THEY THINK OUR HEALTHCARE PLANS ARE GOOD ENOUGH FOR US--RESTORE THE BANKING REGULATIONS FROM CLINTON'S PRESIDENCY THAT PUT A CAP ON THE INTEREST RATES ON PREDATORY LOANS--ALL CORPORATIONS LOOKING TO FIRE EMPLOYEES START BY TAKING THE TOP 40% OF THE COMPANY, THEN PROMOTE UP AND THEN HIRE TO FILL THE VACANCIES SO THAT WAY EVERYONE WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO GET A JOB THAT WILL PAY BENEFITS AS WELL AS THE BILLS--STOP THE BANKS FROM ILLEGAL FORECLOSURES, AND STOP THE JUDGES LIKE GARCIA-WOOD WHO IS RUBBERSTAMPING FORECLOSURES FROM DOING SO--RESTORE ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS TO CLINTON-ERA LEVELS TO SAVE OUR PLANET.--TRY GEORGE W. BUSH, DICK CHENEY, CONDOLEEZA RICE, JOHN ASHCROFT, KARL ROVE, AND DONALD RUMSFELD FOR TREASON WITH ALL THE ATROCITIES AND REMOVALS OF OUR CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED RIGHTS THEY STOLE FROM US.

Robin Benjamin
Robin Benjamin

Allen West, you are a vile man! I can't wait until you collect your 1st unemployment check after hey kick your teatard ass out of congress!!!!!!!!! ! LOSER

King George
King George

I wonder how Allen West would look if was light skinned and not dark skinned. I guess the republican party had to get their dark horse in the race. Left, right...democrat, republican, liberal, conservative...marxist, asshole. You all need to listen to yourselves. Your thinking is EXACTLY what is wrong with America. And John Swetland, you stand out as a real dingbat. Do Hannity and Beck take turns on that ass of yours?         

guest
guest

If he is really with them, he be outside camping and actually standing with them, instead of making half-ass blanket statements. It's people like this who make promises they can't back up that is why the 99% exist

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Get in line righties. Gas chamber on the left, experimental research lab on the right.

FQS9000
FQS9000

As usual, left wing nuts are for whining, sniveling, moaning and giving somebody elses money to loafers.

John Swetland
John Swetland

Glad to hear Murph & Lois want to stand with the 99%'ers.  They'll be standing with the 99.9999% of the population who wont serve in Congress in '13 too.  GREAT idea to waste all their donation $$ fighting a primary when their opponent get more private donations that any Congressman in America.  Gen. Custer had a "plan" too Murph....

John Swetland
John Swetland

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-50...http://articles.baltimoresun.c...

Hi Matt, me again!!! The above links report rapes in NYC, Cleveland and Baltimore.  Notice, all these links were from the Left-Leaning media. I could spend the next hour cut/pasting the vile deeds going on, like Occupy Oakland junk, but i think you get my point.  Now, to be honest, these are all ALLEGED rapes, nobody has been prosecuted.  So, knowing how "honest and forthright" you are, it is plain that these ALLEGATIONS are more sever than the ones levied on Herman Cain. 

"When they label peaceful protesters as gangs, they are simply encouraging and legitimizing the suppression of the protesters' rights and freedoms".  

Patrick Murphy wants to stand side by side with this??  COOL!! It will get uglier before it gets nicey-nice at these New Age Grateful Dead fests...Murph wont be able to unring THIS bell, it'll stick to him like the glue that is surely being sniffed at the Occupy sites and your bedroom.

Olbermann continues to look smarter & smarter with you on the prowl.  I'll wait for your retort showing that my post is all lies....or you'll start name calling me or BS'ing the 4 idiots that respect your work.  You are my comic relief Matt, keep up the unfounded stupidity!!!!!!

Lynn Anderson
Lynn Anderson

No, the only thing STRANGE here is Patrick Murphy and all these left winged liberals wanting to join the Occupy groups pioneered by Van Jones, socialists, communists and every other loser around. This is clearly a Far Left/Marxist movement. Thank God for Allen West.

nuQlerOstrich
nuQlerOstrich

All these wing-nuts panning OWS have never been there or spoken to any of the people there.  That's obvious, They attempt to speak about that which they know nothing.   We are outraged that the Banksters that crashed our economy got a FED bailout of $16 Trillion.  Thanks to another liberal Bernie Sanders' amendment to the Dodd-Frank bill, we got a very narrow audit of the FED.  So that's what we know about the $16 Trillion.  What DON'T we know about?  Meanwhile out in cities and towns all across the country, they are laying off firefighters and teachers and attempting to strip them of their pensions they bargained to get by working for crappy wages all their lives.  Get a clue wing-nuts.  They're coming for your pensions too. We are the 99%. And unless you got a $15 Million tax cut last year, so are you.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Nice to see a sliver of " noblesse oblige" is alive, if indeed he is a silver spooner.

Robin Benjamin
Robin Benjamin

Lynn, what nursing home did you say you reside? They forgot to give you your meds today!

RUSerious
RUSerious

Allen West supports the 1% ONLY.  There are NO REDS under the BEDS?

David
David

You seem to be objecting to the type of people at the protest.

Are you really for the inequality of income?  Unemployment?  Are you in the 1%?

It's easy to marginalize the movement as the stereotype of the demographic isn't exactly mainstream.  But the message, although far from concise, detailed, or effective, is important and worthy none-the-less.  The income gap is enormous, and we shouldn't be "Coddling the Super Rich" as Warren Buffet put it. Much of America agrees with the sentiment, regardless of the demographic or method of the movement. 

Do you have a better idea of how to challenge the current system favoring the wealthiest? Do you have the influence to make it happen?

Silence is to acquiesce. At least this movement isn't being silent.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

You're a dingbat, Lynn. I know many successful people who support the movement.

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