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Murphy: President Should Not Be Beholden to 'Church of Mormon,' Tea Party

Independent Green Party candidate made remark at Northern Virginia Urban League Forum on Wednesday.

Independent Green candidate Janet Murphy said Wednesday night during a forum that the president of the United States should not be beholden to the "Church of Mormon" or anything else.

Murphy, who is running in Virginia's 8th Congressional District against U.S. Rep. Jim Moran and two other challengers, made the remark after answering a question about voter identification laws.

"When people do take office, I think, in the United States, people who take a serious office, like a congressman or a president, should not be beholden to another authority, should not be a dual citizen of any other country, and should not have taken an oath to, for instance, the Church of Mormon, that they would be following their rules, or Grover Norquist and the tea party," Murphy said. "All of those things should be set aside when you take office. You should not have any other thing over you."

Murphy advocated for high-speed rail from Northern Virginia to Richmond and Roanoke and, generally, bettering the public transit situation in Northern Virginia. Doing so would allow people to live in areas that are more affordable and still easily commute to work, she said.

She also said that when asked at a previous forum about what it would take to restore trust in the body politic she answered that 9/11 requires a new investigation.

"Sept. 11 really does call for another investigation," she said. "I really do think we have been seriously misled on that matter."

Murphy also said she wanted to eliminate the death penalty and roll back Citizens United.

Paul Brown October 11, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Ignorance is rampant with Murphy. There is no such thing as the “Church of Mormon”
splinter October 11, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Smells like prejudice. Romney donated his inheritance from father to charity and Obama has a good heart. Character is what counts. I've been reading up on CBO reports. We clearly need tax reform (raising revenues) and spending reforms (long term and short term). It's the "new normal" and the numbers don't add up. I've heard some rumblings that those cut backs, etc. seen at the fed level also likely to impact the fed jobs particularly if fiscal cliff happens. A friend forwarded this: is starting to focus on is the pubic sector: "Zients points to McKinsey data that show an ever-increasing gap between public and private sector productivity." http://mobile.businessweek.com/magazine/rerereinventing-government-again-01192012.html?section=highlights So the White House thinks there's productivity issues within the fed gov't. No surprise and we've seen issues here and there, but most hard working. Anyone know if they are planning targeted reforms or more cut-across-the-board changes (e.g, no overtime, salary freezes, etc.). I'd prefer they focus more on productivity increases via technology and simplifying the rules and attrition over time.
LA Man October 12, 2012 at 02:53 AM
"Church of Mormon"? Any serious candidate for such an office who makes a prepared speech without even knowing the actual (or even close to the name) of the oganization they want to attack has no business running for the office. Let me help...It's The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Second, does she have any evidence that any of the LDS currently serving in "serious" offices are "beholding" to the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsoffi as it pertains to their oath office?
Kate H. Nash November 26, 2012 at 03:36 PM
LA man did you also pose the same question when the current president had the same questions tossed at him regarding his religious beliefs from those that try to label him as a member of a religion he states he clearly is not affiliated with? Of course you did not. The Mormon agenda is clear...deny and lie to anyone not LDS and religion first and everything else second...that is if you want to be an LDS member in good standing...the truth shall set you free.

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