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  •  So ... (3+ / 0-)
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    madcitysailor, Swamp Cat, jplanner

    the absence of energy, environmental, climate issues from the DKos question list led to more than just my not minimalist donations via this route.  If trusting just the questionaire, I wouldn't have known this:

    Patrick Murphy recognizes that environmental protection and a healthy economy are not mutually exclusive; rather a healthy environment helps the economy and creates jobs. Murphy most recently served as Vice President of Coastal Environmental Services, which specializes in disaster relief and environmental cleanup. Having spent six months in the Gulf of Mexico leading efforts to remove oil spilled during the BP oil disaster in 2010, he strongly supports protecting fragile coastal environments from reckless offshore drilling and exploration.

    Believing in both the need to wean the U.S. off fossil fuels and create new energy industries, Murphy will strongly advocate for incentives for clean energy technologies and energy efficiency. In Congress, Murphy will be a staunch advocate for vital EPA environmental protections for air and water, and he will support legislation to limit carbon pollution.

    Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

    by A Siegel on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 07:35:00 AM PST

    •  He is also strong pro-choice, (2+ / 0-)
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      A Siegel, jplanner

      a major difference from the previous reps in this area, and supports women's reproductive health care, equal pay for women, LGBT rights, among other things. Sandra Fluke came down here and headlined one of his campaign events.

      Our district is evenly divided between Dems and Repubs, so no Dem will win unless Republicans vote for him, and vice versa. If you want to know what Patrick supports, see  He campaigned on those issues, and he won a good chunk of Republican votes. No doubt some people voted for him just because he wasn't Allen West, but he ran on a Democratic platform.

      He was a hard-working campaigner, and never lost an opportunity to talk to and listen to voters, in fact created many of those opportunities.

      If he works as hard in Congress as he did to get elected, he will be an effective rep for us. In order to be reelected, he will have to be effective --  because there sure won't be much wiggle room in this district.

      •  I am glad for you with your new rep! (1+ / 0-)
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        Swamp Cat

        thanks for the info

        I'd assumed he'd not been able to run as a progressive (discusion up thread) because of purple red tone of district.

        he sounds like he ran on what he really believed in, whether I should call that progressive or not it shows intergity.

        I like that even more to be honest.

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