Allen West Hits Opponent Hard on Bar Fight
Updated at 11:00 a.m.
Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., in one of the most blistering campaign advertisements of the cycle, hits Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy hard for a 2003 arrest.
West's new spot flashes back to February 16, 2003. "Fort Hood, Texas. Lieutenant Colonel Allen West had just received deployment orders, and prepares his men to go to war," intones the ad's narrator. "That night, South Beach, Miami. Patrick Murphy is thrown out of a club for fighting. Covered in alcohol and unable to stand. Murphy then confronts and verbally assaults a police officer. Patrick Murphy was arrested and taken to jail. Two men, a country in crisis -- you decide."
The ad makes ample use of Murphy's unflattering mugshot, as well as photos of West in uniform.