WASHINGTON -- Patrick Murphy, the Democratic challenger to Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), launched a new website on Friday that may be the equivalent of the gift that keeps on giving: a website dedicated to collecting outrageous comments made by the Tea Party freshman.
The Murphy for Congress campaign announced the new site, WhatWestSaid.com, as a gathering place for "all of the outlandish, extreme, and offensive remarks" made by West during his past two years in Congress. The site features a giant picture of West's face tied to a quote balloon that rotates through a series of past statements made by West. Some carry the label "false" or "pants on fire" as determined by the fact-checking website, Politifact. The site also allows people to sign up for alerts from Murphy's campaign and donate money.
Among the comments featured are West's past claims that as many as 81 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party, that he has a security clearance higher than President Barack Obama, that Social Security Disability is a form of modern-day slavery and that people can kiss the U.S. goodbye if they support Medicare.
A West spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.
The Murphy-West race is one of the most closely watched in the nation. West has raised more money than almost anybody in the House, with total monetary contributions coming in at more than $9.9 million. Murphy has raised significantly less, with his total monetary contributions at about $2.3 million. But the Democratic Party has made West one of their top targets, and Murphy's campaign notes he had his best fundraising quarter between April and June.