Tea Party to Oppose Congressman Murphy
A Pennsylvania Republican Congressman, Tim Murphy, will likely face tea party-supported opposition in next year's Republican primary, two tea party-backed U.S. Senators suggested earlier this week. The tea party-aligned opponent, Evan Feinberg, earned high praise from U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rand Paul (R-MN), both of whom suggested they would consider supporting Feinberg's candidacy.
Coburn said he would be making an announcement regarding the race after the first of the year. "I do have a habit of getting involved," Coburn told The Hill. "When I think we can improve then I get involved," he said.
Paul had high praise for Feinberg, calling him a "very smart man" and stating that "he'd make a great congressman."
In a December 12 post to the conservative web site Red State
, Feinberg labeled Murphy "an Arlen Specter Republican...the epitome of selfish, career politicians who make a mockery of our political institutions while turning their backs on their oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution."
Feinberg has held positions with The Heritage Foundation, a leading Washington, D.C.-based conservative public policy institute, and as an aide to both Coburn and Paul, for whom he said he helped craft free market reforms.
Murphy was first elected to Congress in 2002, representing Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional district in western Pennsylvania and has been reelected in four consecutive general elections since.