‘I stand for the working man’ | GOP-endorsed Murphy hopes to challenge Blunt Rochester for Delaware’s US House seat
“Delaware Republican Party-endorsed candidate Lee Murphy, who’s hoping to take on incumbent Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester for her seat in the U.S. House, said he wants to bring jobs back to Delaware, and that he’s the right man to do it because he knows what it takes to make things work here in the First State.
“I appreciate the party’s unanimous endorsement at the convention we had about a month ago,” Murphy said. “I am a blue collar guy. I stand for the working man. I stand for the things that people want here in Delaware. We need to bring manufacturing jobs back to Delaware. We sorely need real jobs here in Delaware. We’ve lost a tremendous amount of industry and manufacturing jobs over the past 25 years.”
Murphy said no one knows the First State better, and he’s spent his entire adult life witnessing Delaware’s changes and growth.
“I’ve lived in Delaware my entire adult life. I’ve been here since 1970, I raised my family here. My first job here in Delaware was a school teacher for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. I also coached at St. Marks, St. Elizabeth, Archmere. When my family got bigger. I left teaching, got a job on the railroad, worked for Amtrak for 35 years…as a locomotive train engineer and a train conductor,” Murphy said. “I’ve been very active community, president of my civic association for many years, president of my church parish council for many years, involved with my community through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware. I’ve run for office before–I ran for this seat for Congress in 2018, I also ran for the state Senate in 2000 and 2002. So, I’ve been very active in my in Delaware since moving here many years ago.”
One of Murphy’s platforms is to bring pharmaceutical industry jobs to Delaware, bringing the production home from China, a plan he said he’s developing already with Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton. He said he’s only doing what he’s heard people want while talking with them throughout his travels.
“Number one in my travels up and down the state–I started our campaign back in June of last year, June 2019–and one of the main things is that I talked to all groups of people,” he said. “Many people have told me that they’re looking for a congressman that will not only respond, but also be on their side and look out for them first.””