Rep. Tim Murphy is putting his $1 million cash-on-hand to use. The incumbent Republican today began airing a television ad that emphasizes his opposition to President Obama’s health care law. Murphy faces a primary from Evan Feinberg.
The 30-second ad features Murphy slamming the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed ‘Obamacare’ by critics. It’s scheduled to run on cable, specifically Fox News. Murphy’s media consultant is veteran John Brabender.
“I voted against Obamacare 24 times. Why? As a health care professional for over 30 years and the author of Pennsylvania’s ‘Patient Bill of Rights,’ I know what good health care looks like – and Obamacare isn’t it,” he says.
“I want you in charge of your health care, not big government.”
An incumbent whose internal polling shows him with a 64 point lead in the GOP primary, Murphy needs to accomplish little besides introducing himself to new constituents (his district shifted slightly with the newly drawn 2011 map) and define himself as a tough conservative.
Feinberg, a former staffer to conservative issue groups and two U.S. Senators, reported just $40,000 on hand at the end of 2011. Murphy reported $1,040,000.
The Democrat in the race is Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi.