Rallying Around Murphy

BY Kerry Eleveld

October 21 2010 1:25 PM ET

Though Murphy's campaign had about $1.6 million cash on hand at the end of September compared to Fitzpatrick's $834,000, the outlook for his reelection took an especially grim turn when news broke Monday
that the Democratic National Campaign Committee was pulling money from
the Keystone State and redirecting it in order to stem the bleeding in
districts thought to be more winnable. The DCCC had planned on running
political ads in the state for the final two weeks before the November 2
vote, but would now only do so for the final week, starting October 26.

But Murphy found new life this week when a newly released poll
put him three points ahead of Fitzpatrick, 46% to 43%, practically a draw
given the poll’s 4.9-point margin of error. The candidate's good news was
followed by a Tuesday endorsement from The Philadelphia Inquirer, which called Murphy the "best choice."

“Murphy
also has shown political courage, leading the effort to repeal the
Pentagon's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, which discriminates against
gays in the military,” the paper's editorial board wrote.



When Murphy was recently asked whether he regretted taking on the fight to repeal DADT, he responded, "Absolutely not."

"I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution as an Army officer and as a congressman," he told The Huffington Post.
"I take that oath to heart, and I'm going to fight for the values that
are in our Constitution. I'm going to fight to make sure that our
military has the best personnel policy that it can, and that means
repealing the outdated and the dangerous 'don't ask, don't tell'
policy."

Overall, the congressman's support for repealing the
antigay policy has not been a centerpiece of the campaign, other than
some charges by his opponent that he should have been devoting all of
his time to job creation.

Interestingly though, the recent polling from The Hill shows Murphy is attracting more of the crossover vote (13%) in his relatively moderate district than his opponent (8%). 



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