As Laura Olson told us here Friday, a right-wing anti-incumbent Houston group called the Campaign For Primary Accountability has pledged to spend $200,000 in adverstising to challenge U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's credentials, and thereby help his tea party-aligned primary opponent Evan Feinberg. The ad is above. Following a script it used successfully in a similar race in Cincinnati, the group resurfaces former campaign ethics questions about the Upper St. Clair Republican and votes on earmarks and debt spending, over a graphic of a sinking cargo ship. "It's time to end Murphy's cruise," the spot says.
The independent group's ad (found here at its "Retire Murphy" site) does not mention Feinberg, a former aide to senators Tom Coburn and Rand Paul who moved back to the South Hills to take on Murphy. Like previous ads from the Club For Growth they are focused only on taking down the four-term incumbent.
Murphy, who took over much of Rick Santorum's congressional district after he moved to the Senate, is scheduled to appear with the presidential candidate at an event on gas prices tomorrow morning in Irwin. UPDATE 2:30 PM: The 11 a.m. event is no longer on Santorum's public schedule.
UPDATE: PoliticsPa has the response from Murphy campaign manager James Genovese:
"It's unfortunate this Superpac, working to elect liberals like Dennis Kucinich, is now misleading voters on Murphy's record of fighting against the radical policies of the Obama Administration. National Right to Life, the NRA, the US Chamber, over 40 local endorsements and most importantly voters throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania are part of Team Murphy and we appreciate all their support. We trust the voters will continue supporting the Congressman's efforts to repeal Obamacare, save the 911th, keep the EPA from shutting down Southwestern PA energy, and grow jobs in our local manufacturing base."
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