Patrick Murphy, "2003"
What it says: "West was criminally charged with violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice, found guilty of three counts of aggravated assault and relieved of his command."
What it means: This south Florida House race is quickly becoming one of the nastiest in the country. This ad is a clear response to Rep. Allen West's recent ad, which points out that the Florida Republican was shipping off to Iraq while Democrat Patrick Murphy was a drunk college kid. Murphy's ad even starts with a clip from West's spot, quickly covered up by an attack on the congressman's military record.
What happened: West admitted to assaulting an Iraqi detainee. The Army considered court-martialing him (which could, as Patrick's ad says, have resulted in a prison sentence, had West been found guilty). But West also got substantial support from soldiers and congressmen in D.C. He was relieved of his command and retired with a fine. "I stand by the actions I took to protect the lives of my men in Iraq in 2003," Allen West said in a statement. "If put in that situation, it is obvious Patrick Murphy would risk neither his life nor endanger his career for those he was entrusted to lead."