National Republicans launch billboard ad against Murphy

New Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy is one of the national Republican Party’s main targets in 2018 — and the campaign against her already has begun.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched a series of ads against five Democratic members of Congress expected to be in tough races next year, including Murphy.

The group paid for a billboard overlooking Interstate 4 at Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, Murphy’s home, stating “Tell Stephanie Murphy, ‘No to Obamacare!’ ‘No to single-payer healthcare!’”

It includes a hashtag, “#fixourhealthcare,” and Murphy’s office phone number.

“Congresswoman Murphy is working hard to ensure every person has access to quality, affordable health care, so we would expect national Republicans to attack her for it,” her campaign spokesperson said in a statement.

Murphy defeated longtime Republican U.S. Rep. John Mica with 51.5 percent of the vote in what was a Republican-leaning district in 2016. Cook Political Report now lists District 7 as “Even” in its partisan voter index for 2018.

The ad campaign targets Democrats “who support Obamacare at the expense of their constituents and call on them to say no to single payer healthcare plans,” the NRCC said in a statement.

“Democrats are doubling down on the failure of Obamacare and are now pushing a top-down single payer healthcare plan,” NRCC Communications Director Matt Gorman said.

The group did not release the cost of the campaign.

The focus on Obamacare comes after President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s health care plan failed to come to a vote due to opposition from conservative and moderate Republicans.

Obamacare had 55 percent support according to an April 4 Gallup poll, up from 42 percent on Election Day.

Support for the Republican health care bill was at 17 percent when it was pulled, according to Quinnipiac.

But support for “single payer,” or a…

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