I am a firm believer that the two parties are THE problem and until we get representation that believes more in the possibility of America than the power of party we will continue to go down the road we are presently on.
I argue constantly, when we send the same people back to Washington who prove over and over again that their party means more than our country then we never reach our greatest potential.
In that vein, I have featured a number of politicians here on the Friday’s Hero who put our nation first, not always, but I try to highlight the instances when they do. Previously I have featured former President George H. W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Governor Chris Christie and Senator Joe Manchin among others, this week I add another politicians name to that list…. Representative Patrick Murphy of Florida.
At 29 years old, Patrick Murphy was sworn into Congress as the youngest member of the 113th representing the 18th district of Florida. As a Democrat, Murphy defeated one of D.C.’s most divisive representatives Allen West in a district that was drawn to ensure West’ victory.
The smart people of the 18th saw a new way of leadership and voted against the “my way or the highway” mantra of the past and elected Murphy to lead and find compromise for the nation.
Patrick Murphy has not disappointed!
Since being elected, Patrick Murphy has consistently worked for what is good for the country, not what is good for the party. He has crossed party lines and developed coalitions of Democrats and Republicans to work together to affect change.
Representative Murphy is the type of leader we need in Washington. His common ground, no non-sense approach to governance can help put our nation back on track, but he can’t do it alone.
We the people must demand our leaders act in our nation’s best interest and not party interest. Patrick Murphy is that type of leader and this week’s Friday’s Hero!
Keep up the good work Congressman, America needs you!
- Murphy to hold his first town hall meeting via phone on Thursday (postonpolitics.com)
- Change in political climate: Patrick Murphy talks global warming (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Allen West’s not-so-gracious concession in loss to Rep-elect Patrick Murphy (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Charlie Crist roots for his new team at Congressional Baseball Game (postonpolitics.com)
- Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy sides with GOP on health care requirement delay (tcpalm.com)