Senator Tommy Tuberville, a Birmingham Southern University graduate who once sold bacon and dated Miss Alabama, was rolling out a response to Pentagon policies to expand access to abortion. turned to
Senator National Security Advisor Morgan Murphy has led a life reminiscent of Forrest Gump.
Murphy, from Birmingham, was editor-in-chief of BSC’s student newspaper Hilltop News in 1994 and said he caught the attention of a media mogul by posting a nude photo on the cover of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. .
“Rupert Murdoch saw this issue and said, ‘If that kid is editing that newspaper, I’ll give him the job.'” The boy was Morgan. according to Murphy’s website profile. “He got an internship at the New York Post.”
While in New York City, Murphy enlisted in the Navy Reserve as a second lieutenant, which eventually paved the way for his office in Tuberville.
But before that, Murphy returned home and worked for Southern Living, where he was editor-in-chief, travel editor, food critic and national spokesperson for the Birmingham-based publication.
Murphy then published a cookbook, Off the Eaten Path: Favorite Southern Dives and 150 Recipes That Made They Famous.
“I used my experience of dining at Southern Living. I’ve always wanted to taste more and more at all my favorite restaurants over the years,” Murphy told AL.com’s Bob Carlton in 2011. rice field.
“To be honest, I wanted some recipes that were probably as bad as your readers,” he added. “These are my favorite dishes and I always wanted to be able to make them at home.
“So it was a good excuse to steal great recipes from restaurant owners.”
The book was followed by a sequel, Second Helpings, and a third installment in the series, On the Road Again.
Murphy launched a line of bacon products in 2017 called “Victory Bacon,” but the business failed, he told The Washington Post in a profile published Friday.
Tuberville’s aides also revealed several colorful anecdotes about the profile, including claiming to have dated Miss Alabama and garnered the admiration of her chaperone.
“She told me about all her ‘Miss Alabama’ boyfriends. I was always her favorite,” he told the Post of his chaperone, Nan Tanenbaum.
When a Post reporter called Tanenbaum to fact-check Murphy’s story, Tanenbaum said Murphy was nice, but questioned Murphy’s claim that he was his favourite.
“I don’t know what to say about it,” Murphy told reporters. “Perhaps she didn’t.”
His family’s public relations business, which relied on hotel customers, was struggling during the coronavirus pandemic when Murphy was recalled to active duty to work in the Office of the Secretary of Defense under Trump. He ran the Department of Defense’s social media presence.
Murphy’s responsibilities grew, eventually becoming de facto press secretary, according to a Post profile.
Murphy said his job was said to be safe despite President Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, but his job was cut under a Democratic president as colleagues resented his rise. He said he resigned out of concern.
“I was just a reservist when I joined and within a week I was given the job of overseeing social media and within three months I was given the job of press secretary,” he told the Post. “A lot of people who are working full-time looked at me like, ‘Who is this guy?’ Why did they hire him? Why did he go to Africa?” why did he end up in china really they were jealous if i worked hard for the Pentagon i would get a fucking food critic called huckleberry from alabama If the house had come and been the press secretary, I would have been too.
It was at this time that Murphy aligned himself with Tuberville, who eventually took office in 2019.
“It’s great to be able to advise coaches,” Murphy told the Post. “He has never argued with me. He trusts me to help me make decisions, and that makes me very happy.”
As Senate National Security Advisor, Mr. Murphy presented Mr. Tuberville with a list of options on what to do about the Pentagon’s abortion policy.
Mr. Tuberville ultimately chose to withhold more than 180 military nominations that have been criticized by both Democratic leaders and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican, Kentucky).
“I told him first that he was going to hear from all his golf buddies, ‘Hey, my brother-in-law is running for brigadier general,'” Murphy said in a Post profile. . “And sure enough, the calls started. But after people knew he was serious, he was flooded with support.”