So I learn today that Democratic Senate Candidate Mickey Murphy just launched an attack ad against Republican opponent Beth Mizelll. “Stupid” is the only word I can use to describe the commercial’s premise.
Basically, the Murphy camp says that electing Mizell (and David Vitter) will continue the mess made by the Jindal administration.
Anyone who understands Louisiana politics knows that Vitter and Jindal have always hated each other. A Vitter administration would be vastly different from what Jindal has done, and to suggest otherwise is just laughable.
But never mind that.
The real story about Murphy’s ad is that it doesn’t contain much Murphy. Sure, there’s a few still shots of the candidate, but never once does he speak.
Why is that? The answer lies in the video of a recent debate between Murphy and Mizell that took place at Bogalusa city hall.
I witnessed it in person.
Watching Murphy try to articulate coherent policy positions was downright painful. He came across as irritable, angry, and bullying. He seemed defensive when talking about his Democratic party label.
It is hard for me to believe that anyone can watch the debate and still take Mickey Murphy seriously as a candidate. The debate was a clear victory for Mizell and a disaster for Murphy.
After the debate debacle, the people running his campaign probably figured out that putting him in front of a camera and letting him speak is a very bad idea (unless it’s to scream at the camera in a mindless tirade).
The entire debate is below.
Since day one, Murphy’s campaign has been characterized by anger, self-aggrandizement and paranoia directed at an ill-defined boogeyman called “the special interests.”
As we noted before, Mizell’s ad has demonstrated an appreciation and understanding of the community in which has spent her life.
Mizell’s ad is below.