In a bid to hold onto his House seat, freshman Republican Rep. Allen West is making his opponent’s bleary mug shot from nine years ago the focus of a blistering ad.
On a single night in February 2003, the ad released Friday notes, West was on an Army base in Texas, preparing to go to war. College student Patrick Murphy, meanwhile, was being arrested outside a Miami-area nightclub after an alleged drunken brawl, the ad says.
“Two men, a country in crisis. You decide,” says a narrator.
The ad from the Florida tea party star uses dramatic music and visuals of a scope’s crosshairs to emulate a high-tech spy flick. Murphy’s mug shot plays a prominent role in the spot.