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Yorktown Letter: State Senator Terrence Murphy Has Himself To Blame

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To the editor:

It's amazing that an ordinary letter to the editor can snowball and literally knock State Sen. Terrence Murphy back on his political heels and cause ripples all the way to the voting booth.

Despite Murphy's verbal and written denials, he has been allegedly exposed for: owing $117,000 in overdue business taxes, failing to disclose $4 million in properties/personal assets on ethics forms, failing to disclose his ownership of four corporations and undervaluing his personal income and business assets by 70 percent.

Will Murphy now face Senate ethics inquiries?

It looks like a few run-on sentences forced Murphy to hastily amend a dozen official documents and make him wipe his official websites clean of any implicating references. It’s a legendary David versus Goliath story, but instead of a slingshot it was just a pen.

Murphy has found out the hard way the pen is mightier than the sword. If Murphy can't handle letters from his constituents like this, how will he stand up to critical newspaper editorials or Democratic challengers?

Some misinformed supporters erroneously believe Murphy is the victim and exposing his self-inflicted financial problems is just a “political hit job."

Murphy's so-called apology falls flat by naming family scapegoats, making excuses and perpetuating a sense of re-election amnesia. Isn’t that what you’d expect from a politician?

Will voters now see Murphy as a flawed politician? A nice smile and blarney can only take a politician just so far. Eventually their character must be able to stand up to scrutiny.

Facts are stubborn things. For whatever reason, Murphy owes a tremendous amount of back business taxes.

In violation of ethics rules, Murphy neglected to disclose millions of dollars of his personal wealth. Is politics Yorktown's newest growth industry?

Will Murphy be forced into a primary race? Murphy now appears to be a much weaker candidate and his 40th Senate seat suddenly looks very vulnerable.

Stephen Brown

40th Senate District/Yorktown

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