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A Republican who’s not afraid of Limbaugh

A Republican who’s not afraid of Limbaugh

Larry Murphy has strong feelings about Rush Limbaugh.

“Rush Limbaugh is a racist, he’s a cancer to the Republican Party and he should be excised,” Murphy said recently.

Those aren’t unusual sentiments. But what is unusual is hearing them from a Republican candidate for office. Republicans far and wide have been prostrating themselves before Limbaugh in recent months, who has been effective at leveraging his massive conservative audience into allegiance from elected officials in the party. But Murphy, an underdog Republican candidate for Senate, says Limbaugh can’t be the voice of the party.

“My opponents are afraid to say that,” Murphy, told recently.

He’s got a point. Incumbent Senator Arlen Specter, working hard to court the party’s conservative base ahead of a grueling primary next year, recently said of Limbaugh: “I like him.”

Murphy, by far the least known of the four Republican Senate candidates, has such a low profile that it’s unlikely he’ll get caught up in the apologize-to-Rush game that has snagged his more prominent colleagues in recent months. But he’s also clearly hoping his stance against Limbaugh will bolster his credentials as a more independent Republican.

“People like Rush and [radio host] Laura Ingraham, they’re really destroying our party, and we need to wake up and see that,” Murphy said, adding that his would be a “different kind of Republican candidacy.”

“It’s not going to mean-hearted, it’s not going to be sound bites,” he said.

Former Congressman Pat Toomey and conservative activist Peg Luksik are also running against Specter in next year’s primary.

larry murphy A Republican who’s not afraid of Limbaugh

Republican Senate candidate Larry Murphy

April 23, 2009 at 10:02 am

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  1. David Diano

    Apr 23rd, 2009

    Larry Murphy’s political career: RIP April 2009

    Sniff.. we hardly knew you.

  2. michael livingston

    Apr 23rd, 2009

    A cancer, a tumor, a leper . . . maybe. But a racist? What is the evidence for that? Shouldn’t he at least offer some support for a statement of this type? I always thought Limbaugh was an equal-opportunity offender.

  3. David Diano

    Apr 23rd, 2009

    Limbaugh’s against affirmative action and civil rights legislation in general. He was all to happy to play the race card with Rev Wright and portraying Obama being some black, radical, Muslim, anti-American, etc..
    Limbaugh plays to and is an apologist for white supremest groups.
    If Limbaugh is not a racist, it’s a distinction without a difference because he furthers their agenda.

  4. r€nato

    Apr 23rd, 2009

    Limbaugh once told a black caller to ‘take the bone out of his nose and call me back’.

    Limbaugh, during his very brief stint on ESPN, said that Donovan McNabb was only starting for the Eagles due to affirmative action because there weren’t enough black quarterbacks in the NFL.

    Here are other ugly racist comments by Rush:

    I find it very interesting that it takes a black Republican to utter these ‘blasphemies’. Clearly Mr. Murphy knows how Rush feels about black folk. By the way, if you can find a single black fan of Rush Limbaugh, I’ll give you a thousand bucks. It would be like finding a black fan of David Duke.

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  6. Ajay

    Apr 23rd, 2009

    By the way, if you can find a single black fan of Rush Limbaugh, I’ll give you a thousand bucks. It would be like finding a black fan of David Duke.

    Dont overlook Michael Steele. I will take that cheque now.

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  8. David Diano

    Apr 24th, 2009

    Steele is no fan of Limbaugh. He’s probably afraid that if he speaks out against Limbaugh again that Limbaugh will force him to hold a lantern and stand out on the front lawn.

    Anyway, there is no way that Murphy can get anywhere in the GOP by criticizing Limbaugh.

  9. eddie

    Apr 24th, 2009

    I am against affirmative action, and I am not a racist.. Mr. Murphy is trying to gain some traction politically, and saying something controversial is always a vehicle for that.

    I’m glad to see a black republican running.. but anyone that thinks just being black is going to get you elected.. is not only a racist, but an idiot.

    Blacks should leave the democratic party.. they’ve treated them like slaves for years..

    But stupid ideas like affirmative action shouldn’t be part of the mix. At its root, affirmative action is just another way of saying
    “you’re too dumb boy to play with us white guys.. we’ll make some exceptions for you given that you can’t possibly make it otherwise”

    That entire attitude is racist.. and running against limbaugh.. are you kidding?

  10. wizzard

    Apr 24th, 2009

    Hey ajay-Have you heard of Mr. Sturdley?

  11. correctnorright

    Apr 24th, 2009

    Wizzard says:

    “Blacks should leave the democratic party.. they’ve treated them like slaves for years.. ”

    That has got to be the stupidest argument I have heard in years – yup, the Democratic party is treating black like slaves by nominating and electing as the leader of their party ….Obama.

    You fool – the stupid, old arguments you use just show how out of touch and dogmatic you really are.

    and Limbaugh is a proven racist – all you have to do to realize this is to listen to his many racist statements (some of which are cited above).

    However, there are some really weird black people who support Limbaugh and are republican…but they make up about 5% or less of the black population. So what.

  12. Debra

    Apr 24th, 2009

    I respect Murphy’s honesty, and we can always use more honest politicians. Limbaugh is a cancer on the party, so is Cheney and Rove. It’s going to take young Republicans to push these people from the front of the party along with their ideas from the 70s and 80s. The world has changed and the Republican party has become archaic in their ideas. Time passed them by while they cling to Reagan–the glory days of their party. The GOP needs to progress three decades rapidly…or it will die. And if the country listens to the old Republican ideas, we too will get passed by very quickly by the countries embracing this century. Americans are eager as they always have been to face the future, and the Republicans need to get with it or get out of the way.

  13. JS

    Apr 24th, 2009

    The last thing Sen. Specter needs is a primary challenger that may draw votes from what remains of centrist PA Republicans.

  14. Ty

    Apr 24th, 2009

    “Larry Murphy has strong feelings about Rush Limbaugh” Larry -, you need more than strong feelings about Rush Limbaugh to get elected. In fact, being negative turns loads of people off. They want to know who you are, what you believe, what plans you have for the whole country, what your ideas about protecting our nation etc. – this is what counts.

  15. ImJustSaying

    Apr 24th, 2009

    David Diano are u serious? Hello, Stevie Wonder could see he is a racist! duh

  16. Matt

    Apr 24th, 2009

    With Obama doing everything he can to bankrupt America by spending and printing money, this idiot Larry Murphy can only attack Rush Limbaugh??????


    Can someone point Mr. Murphy’s attack in the right direction. We need a revolution in our party and it involves getting rid of liberals like Larry Murphy.

  17. David Diano

    Apr 24th, 2009

    You seemed to have confused my comments agreeing with Limbaugh=Racist

    The revolution the GOP needs is shedding their own “toxic assets” Limbaugh, Hannity and Glen Beck

  18. r€nato

    Apr 24th, 2009

    2006 and 2008 were not aberrations. Obama did not win because of ACORN. The longer Republicans deny that their party is massively unpopular, and the longer they pay fealty to people like Rush and Hannity and Glenn Beck, the longer they will remain a joke of a political party.

    Attitudes like Matt #16′s are precisely what are sinking the GOP. Go ahead and keep making that tent smaller, Matt. Keep labeling anybody who disagrees with Rush a ‘liberal’ and keep purging them. We Democrats will gladly welcome them with open arms into our ever-expanding party. And if they don’t believe in political parties, fine. We’ll be happy to have their votes and let the GOP keep the South. We’ll take the rest of America which is increasingly blue.

  19. kww

    Apr 24th, 2009

    Rush Limpbone is a high drop out fat racist, misogynistic pig and I am hoping he and Cheney drop dead of a heart a take/ stroke or get taken out by the very psycho right wing nut jobs that they insight…Rush is a political vampire sucking the life out of the Republican party. It will take one heck of a stake to put that zombie down. Right wing nut jobs are mental to all get out. These yahoos are an uglier sight then seeing those hooting mobs that danced like maniacs when the Twin towers were bombed.

  20. Lisa Krempasky

    Apr 24th, 2009

    You guys don’t really have a clue about Limbaugh or about racism. Racism is voting for a man so tha tyou can say you voted for the first black president. I know many, many people who were swayed to him simply because he was black. That’s racism.

    Racism is affirmative action. When you say blacks are not talented or smart enough to make it on their own merits, that is racism.

    Limbaugh is not a racist. Just like there are 4 consecutive words in the Bible that say there is not God, you might be able to put together words to say that Rush is a racist, but both conclusions are taken out of context and neither are accurate.

  21. Drew

    Apr 24th, 2009

    Any time someone defames Rush, it is just a distraction tactic. Rush is not a racist. Anyone who has listen to the program knows this.

  22. JIm

    Apr 25th, 2009

    People who call Rush a racist suffer from a defective thinking syndrome. They don’t listen, don’t understand if they do listen,and deliberately misinterpret what they thnk they hear.

  23. sobe

    Apr 25th, 2009

    I still wouldn’t vote for the guy…he’s a fucking Republicon!

  24. [...] what Murphy had to say about Rush: “Rush Limbaugh is a racist, he’s a cancer to the Republican Party and he should be [...]

  25. Alan Poole

    Apr 25th, 2009

    Murphy is an idiot. It’s that simple

  26. Steve

    Apr 25th, 2009

    This guy Murphy is the type that need purged from the party. If he’s attacking Rush, he MUST be one of these “Democrat Lights” that seems to have to run as a Republican. Pick a side, dude!

  27. Jmiles

    Apr 25th, 2009

    Also remember his playing of that timeless classic “Barack the Magic Negro”. I don’t think his claims of racism need to be supported to anyone who has listened to Rush.

  28. ben

    Apr 25th, 2009

    hey #20 lisa
    hows that real estate scancal going?
    “Many of Hartmann and Krempasky’s real estate transactions went through a now-defunct title company called Capital Title. Krempasky acknowledges in the letter that associating with Capital Title led to complications. “Mr. Peter Shaw, the president of Capital Title, has been in jail for two years now on fraud charges,” she writes. “All of these things have complicated and slowed the administration of the trust.”

    Although Krempasky has denied beneficiaries’ repeated requests that she be removed as trustee and that they be allowed to examine the trust’s financial statements, the attorney claims in the letter that she has gone without “all the compensation that Chuck wanted me to take” and says she’s worked hundreds of hours “without financial benefit to myself.” Last month Krempasky — who also controlled WGNU after Norman’s death — sold the station for $1.25 million. She does not mention that sale in the letter or say how she intends to use the proceeds form the station.

    In closing, Krempasky ensures the beneficiaries that she’ll continue “morally and legally” to get them the rest of the money she has denied them since 2004. “I have spent the better part of the last two years involved in litigation regarding the trust and trust assets,” she writes. “Believe me when I say that I have not enjoyed one minute of being involved with all of this litigation, lawyers and legal fees.”

    I tried to reach Krempasky to ask her about the letter. Those calls have not been returned.”

    all i can say is, you sleazy person!please dont give advice on anything to anyone

  29. Ann

    Apr 25th, 2009

    Political posturing is so rediculously transparent. Here is yet another political cadidate just running an agenda that he HOPES will get him ‘the job’. Attacking ‘Freedom of
    speech’ for talk show hosts on the ‘right’ or the ‘left’ only furthers the erosion of Freedom of Speech for EVERYONE”. This behavior has nothing to do with maintaining our constitutional rights as individuals and everything to do with eroding everyone’s rights to free speech. If Mr. Murphy isn’t afraid of Limbaugh well that’s just swell. I for one (sacasm)could not have lived a moment longer not knowing whether Mr. Murphy is or is not afraid of Rush Limbaugh. I am kind of wonding about ALL of the other things that Mr. Murphy is and is not afraid of, and perhaps he’ll make us a long awaited (time wasting) list of those things too. So if he is not afraid of Limbaugh(who cares!)then perhaps he is just ‘using’ Limbaugh to further his ‘popular ratings’ agenda? Perhaps. If a candidate primarily is biting and slobbering all over the coat tails of talk radio hosts, then his constituents had better think about what that candidate is really out to accomplish for them. Get your own platform together (without using others…ooooh there is a novel concept!) based on what your constituents want, and go to work proving that you truely are representing ‘them’, accomplishing for them, and not just being another posturer against one whose ‘freedom of speech rights’ bother you. Quit being ‘bothered’ and actually get something worthwile done for your constituents. Don’t spend precious time riding on the popular or unpopular coat tails of someone else. Quit the sand box throwing! You’re the one running for office, not Rush Limbaugh. If you don’t agree with someone state that if you must, but then move your ass towards genuine productivity and the betterment of your community. We’re so bored with the politicians nearly 100% devotion of time and effort to mud slinging and looking backwards. What an unproductive and childish OLD game. Get over it! Be someone who is IN ACTION and not someone with just actively blathering lips!!! And YOU CONSTITUENTS, quit accepting this time wasting posturing and make your candidates GET TO WORK! Make them earn the money you are paying them! If they aren’t going to accomplish alot for you, then get them out of office and find someone who will! Demand that they work hard for their money. Too many politians make their salaries on posturing and virtually nothing else! Stop allowing politicians to say ‘the right things’ at ‘the right moment’ for big salaries. Politicians need to roll up their shirt sleeves and get to work DOING what they say they will do for you. You roll up your shirt sleeves and get to work don’t you? How long would you keep your job if you sat back and blathered on and on about how things ‘should’ be? and on and on about who you disagree with at work? Don’t accept lazy mouthy politicians anymore, let alone any down right corrupt ones! Fire their asses and get someone who really wants to ‘work’ for their money like you have to! Come on everyone, quit being lazy about who you elect to office! Quit falling for the ad nauseum popularity and blame game politics, and make your politicians MOVE FORWARD! Sheesh people! get out of the OLD game! DEMAND A NEW GAME PLAN! Get out of the ‘HATE MODE’ of those who say things you don’t like. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND THOUGHT POWER ON THEM! INSTEAD, GET ON WITH GETTING WHAT YOU DO WANT AND LIKE!

  30. poster123

    Apr 25th, 2009

    And this from a guy who’s running to the right of Specter?

  31. Brian Kline

    Apr 27th, 2009

    Murphy’s longshot campaign seems to have been born from the dustup between David Frum and Rush Limbaugh. Murphy is trying to position himself as the anti-Limbaugh conservative. If Murphy is taking the pro-Frum conservative route, he needs to expand the narrative and dive into the explosive social issues and take a risk to generate some media attention. Murphy should come out and support repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule, to signal a more “compassionate conservatism. On economics, challenge Specter over Social Security by supporting a more market-based approach. Attacking Limbaugh brands your candidacy and garners initial media attention, now Murphy needs sustainability.

  32. trialbyfire

    Apr 30th, 2009

    I am black and I am a Rush fan. I don’t think that everything he says is gospel, but I don’t believe that his political incorrectness makes him a racist.

    to Jmiles – the Barack the Magic Negro phrase actually originated from a white LIBERAL writer from the LA Times.

  33. Lisa Krempasky

    May 2nd, 2009

    Ben #29 a/k/a NK. Typical liberal BS. Your defamation has been noted, logged, tracked and is being monitored. Do not think you are anonymous or free to continue your illegal activity without consequence.

  34. Herseyk

    May 20th, 2009

    I have come to the conclusion that it will be black republicans who will be the saviors of America and the republican party.

    Blacks know that the policies (primarily dem) have been used to keep them down and controlled for political purposes.

    Personally, I can’t stand Limbaugh – tone, attitude, presentation, but it takes a certain level of intelligence to discern that Limbaugh is not racist, but uses the stupid liberal media to yell about him and give him more audience. The same way that he NEVER said he wanted America to fail, but the president’s POLICIES to fail. But the libs just have to spew venom as they call themselves the nice and caring ones.

  35. Donald E. Scoggins

    May 20th, 2009

    Certainly I would not publicly call Rush Limbaugh racist; insensitive, yes. Rush has developed many loyal listeners through his entertaining style which can be particularly useful to folks of the conservative persuasion desiring to stay informed though not take time to read. Over the years after non-stop day in and day out bashing of liberals Rush’s ranting are bound to backfire and seen as an unfair exploitation of the air waves for political purposes. I don’t subscribe to Rush’s constant rantings though find him funny and to be taken seriously. Just the very idea he is seen as influential within the GOP gives reason for great pause.

  36. Pica

    Jun 4th, 2009

    The government is gaining more control economically and the Democratic Party is the furthest to the left it has been throughout history. We have incurred monumental taxpayer debt that will crush our children and grand children. The average person is going to suffer. Forget about calling Limbaugh names. Focus your energy on stopping the government’s economic takeover.

  37. Anonymous

    Jun 12th, 2009

    At least Rush likes one Black Person…..and that guy wants to lead Pa as Lt. Gov or Senator apparently…..

  38. kit

    Jul 20th, 2009

    Murphy, like Colin Powell, represents the “new” progressive Republican party that doesn’t stand for anything unless it is politically expedient…like voting for politicians of the opposite party and dissing your own in a presidential campaign. Limbaugh doesn’t really represent a party as much as he does a’s scary for many moderate Republicans to see someone unwaveringly stand on principle. Crying racist in the face of absolute principles shows the character of Murphy…he’s not about judging a man by the “content of his character” (MLK)…but about retribution like so many of his modern day homeboys. Reverse racism is the true meaning behind affirmative action and “political correctness” today. Where’s the level playing field when opportunity to follow one’s dreams is based on skin color and quotas instead of competence or qualifications…isn’t it nice that over 200 White House aids were recently fired because they lacked a certain pigment in their skin? Reverse racism has gone mainstream and people like Judge Sotomayer who would have been banned/disbarred for not hearing a case where black firefighters had been cheated out of their promotion is commended and elevated to the Supreme Court for racially dissing white (and one hispanic) males who worked hard to follow the rules and met the set qualifications.

  39. Vito Joseph

    Aug 7th, 2009

    Yeah, Murph, Rush is such a racist that his producer for almost his entire career is Snerdley who is (oh no!!!!) black!! Not to mention the fact that Rush was married by his great friend (oh no!!!) Justice Clarence Thomas. And let’s not forget that Rush’s other great friend (oh no!!!) Walter Williams often guest hosts for him. Of course you would not consider these three men to really be black. Hence, in your warped mind Rush truly is a racist. Good luck on winning any Republican election. You’ve got the “inclusion” thing down so well. Isn’t it funny how we tolerate you with your radical views but you won’t tolerate us with our mainstream views?

  40. Daniel Grossheim

    Sep 18th, 2009

    Can we as a country get past this whole race card thing? I mean come on. yes Granted that there are probably some racists out there on the fringe that dislike Obama because he is a black man but not everyone can be a racist. It disappoints me to hear this racist comment not only from a candidate but a republican candidate. I dont think we need a candidate that will play to Limbaugh but we dont need someone that is going to call someone a racist without proper supporting evidence.

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