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Patrick Murphy's campaign is "considering all legal options" after Rep. Allen West began airing this attack ad saying that Murphy assaulted a police officer.

The ad asserts that:
[...] Murphy “isn’t being honest about his drunken assault of a police officer.”

Murphy’s campaign is objecting to the ad’s use of the word “assault” and hinting at legal action because Murphy was not charged with assault in the incident outside a Miami Beach club when he was a 19-year-old University of Miami student.

“We are considering all legal options,” Murphy consultant Eric Johnson said today. “We’re talking to lawyers now.”

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Murphy was arrested for disorderly intoxication and having a fake ID in the incident. The intoxication charge was dropped for lack of evidence, and the fake ID charge dismissed. He was absolutely not arrested for assault. The West campaign is defending the ad, saying that it was "verbal assault." Which is irrelevant. The ad isn't talking about verbal assault and it is most definitely making a claim against Murphy that is untrue.

Desperate shit from a desperate, and unhinged, Allen West.

Please donate $3 to Patrick Murphy on ActBlue.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 04:10 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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