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Patrick Murphy Hired Trump-Linked Hispanic Outreach Strategist

Murphy’s new hire called Trump a “good friend” that he is “proud” to be involved with…

Murphy Hires Trump Friend

Patrick Murphy (D-FL) is doing everything he can to defeat incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and for good reason.

A New York Times poll released Monday showed Rubio leading Murphy 48-42 among likely voters. Among Hispanic voter, a sizable voting bloc in Florida, Rubio leads Murphy 46-39, according to a recent Univision poll.

To stem the tide, Murphy has hired “Hispanic outreach” strategist and Miami native Freddy Balsera, who “crafted President Barack Obama’s Hispanic TV and radio messaging campaign in 2008,” according to the Miami Herald.

But Balsera also has ties to Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee whom Murphy has relentlessly tried to associate with Rubio. Last year, Balsera tweeted a picture of himself with Trump with text that read: “Getting ready for #MissUniverse w/ @realDonaldTrump. Great event for #Miami, proud our firm is involved.”

Balsera posted another picture, this one of Trump, his children and Tiger Woods, in 2014 on Facebook. The picture, posted by Balsera Communications, is accompanied by text that calls Trump a “good friend and client”:

Our good friend and client Donald Trump, alongside legendary golfer Tiger Woods, cut the ribbon to the Tiger Woods Villa at the Trump National Doral. Congratulations!

The WGC-Cadillac Championship begins tomorrow!

Any Democrat hiring a Trump “friend” in 2016 is surprising, but particularly so in Murphy’s case, given his outspoken, frequent attacks on Trump.