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Fifth District Congressional Race Heating Up

Last updated on Friday, May 29, 2009

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The latest entry in next year’s Fifth District Congressional Primary is touting his legislative experience.

Indianapolis Republican Mike Murphy points out he's in his eighth term in the Indiana House, compared to three years for former Shelbyville Representative Luke Messer, and none for Brose McVey and John McGoff.

Murphy boasts he authored the repeal of Indiana's Inheritance Tax for estates under $100,000, and the 2006 Telecommunications Reform Law, which is credited with spurring $1.5 billion in investment in Indiana.

Incumbent Congressman Dan Burton was a state legislator before going to Washington, but Murphy charges Burton has failed to provide leadership.

He's echoing the other challengers in saying Burton shares the blame for an expansion of government under president George W. Bush.

Burton defeated McGoff, a former Marion County Coroner, by just seven percentage points in last year's primary.

The unexpectedly close margin and republicans' declining fortunes nationally have triggered a flood of candidates arguing the district needs "new blood."

Murphy claims his internal polling shows him with the highest name recognition in the district of any of the challengers.

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