By The Tribune-Review
Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
In response to the Trib mislabeling U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, a “liberal” in the “He's baaaack!” item in “Pittsburgh Tuesday takes” (June 11 and TribLIVE.com): Congressman Murphy has stood up to the president and the Democrats on numerous issues.
He voted against the Wall Street bailouts and the wasteful stimulus program. He has opposed ObamaCare and federal funding of abortions. He has taken the lead in recognizing mass shootings as a mental-health issue, holding town-hall forums on the matter and working to protect the rights of gun owners. He has been strong on national defense and border security.
Therefore, Republicans shouldn't mind if he doesn't toe the party line on every vote, particularly one that benefits union members, who still make up a significant portion of his constituents. In fact, the GOP might be well-served to reach out to blue-collar workers, many of whom are frustrated with the Dems' far-left agenda.
I am proud to have a congressman with a voting record like Murphy's, and around 60 percent of the voters in the 18th Congressional District seem to agree.
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