In The Conservative Crosshairs: Tim Murphy

Congressman Tim Murphy is a five term Republican from Pennsylvania. He is Co-chair of the Mental Health Caucus and GOP Doctors Caucus, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Environment and Economy. And he has a target on his back.

The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a super PAC, has targeted Republican Rep. Tim Murphy for removal. From a conservative’s perspective, Murphy has a poor voting record during his five terms in office. In fairness, he represents the 18th District, which, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review leans Democratic as, “53 percent of registered voters are Democrats, 37 percent Republican and the rest are independent.” This means for political survival, Murphy must be a moderate, something he is not afraid to mention, “The only report card I pay attention to is what my constituents want,” Murphy said. “I represent a very diverse district. I don’t represent just conservatives.”

But the super PAC is none too pleased with Murphy’s vote for increasing the debt ceiling and supporting Obama’s “cash for clunkers” program. The super PAC has pledged to spend roughly $200,000 in support of young candidate Evan Feinberg.

From the area, Feinberg, 28, is in his first campaign. He does, however, possess a conservative background. He has worked as an aide for conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and did a stint with the Heritage Foundation. Even so, Feinberg has an uphill climb. The primary is April 24, 2012.

UPDATE: Murphy wins primary

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