His latest ad showcasing Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy’s mug shot from a Feb. 16, 2003 arrest for verbally assaulting a policeman and being arrested for getting into in a bar fight is no exception.
It contrasts Murphy’s arrest with West’s military service, noting that the Congressman was preparing his troops for deployment to war while his opponent was causing a ruckus.
“Two men, a country in crisis. You decide,” the ad concludes.
Murphy’s campaign responded, noting that West faced criminal sanctions for firing his pistol in the air next to a captured Iraqi insurgent, noting he cut a deal to retire and avoid sanctions.
“The only reason he was able to escape prosecution is because he cut a deal to retire. Unfortunately, West’s unstable behavior has continued in Congress, and he continues to diminish the office and the people to which he serves,” Murphy’s campaign said in a statement.