Florida Congresswoman Slams “Ghetto” Playground At Ritzy Club

First-term Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy was not happy about the “ghetto” playground at the luxurious Interlachen Country Club in the wealthy enclave of Winter Park, Florida.

By Jacob Engels

During her campaign to unseat longtime incumbent Republican John Mica in 2016, Democrat Stephanie Murphy hit home the “everyman” theme and claimed she was the candidate who truly cared about the people.

Murphy would beat John Mica and currently represents the Central Florida based 7th congressional district, which includes all of Seminole County and small portions of Orange County.

While Murphy’s immense personal wealth is well-known, she has consistently promoted herself as a bi-partisan dealmaker who just wants to do right by the residents of her district and all Americans, in particular, the poor and middle class.

However, this past Sunday, Murphy revealed just how out of touch with reality she really is in a bizzare tirade at one of Central Florida’s most exclusive and expensive private clubs.

Murphy is a member and regular of the Interlachen Country Club, which charges a $40,000 fee to join and nearly $12,000 in annual club fees. The club features a tennis court, sprawling pool, croquet court, fitness center, world-class golf course, and state of the art dining facilities.

The Interlachen Country Club, the alleged site of the “ghetto” playground.

According to multiple sources, Congresswoman Murphy’s visit to the private members-only club this past weekend did not go well. After having several rounds of drinks and lunch, Murphy reportedly became incensed about the state of the facilities, in particular, the “ghetto” playground.

Per our source, who gave us this eyewitness account:

“The incident began with Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy was having drinks and lunch with her kids, three adult guests, and her guests’ two children. The pool was closed down because another members child accidentally defecated in the pool. After hearing that the pool had closed down due to this incident, Congresswoman Murphy began to loudly complain about the inconvenience, and how bad the caution tape looked. She then continued on to complain about the playground and how ghetto it looked.”

The member, who asked to remain anonymous in order to not put their club membership at risk, said that other members were even shocked to witness Murphy’s odd and abusive behavior. Two other individuals confirmed our sources assessment of Murphy’s interaction with club staff.

“The manager then told her that there was nothing that the staff could do about the problem in the pool or the “ghetto” playground, and attempted to defuse the situation. Soon after, Congresswoman Murphy and her guests abruptly left to go visit another country club’s pool that was in the area.”

First-off, what does a “ghetto” playground look like Congresswoman Murphy?

Furthermore, I would argue that children in the ghettos of America and your district would be extremely grateful and honored to use the luxurious facilities at the Interlachen Country Club.

And what do you really mean when using the term “ghetto”? This demnstrates a total lack of empathy from Murphy, who clearly does not understand what actually goes on in America’s ghettos.

Has Stephanie Murphy ever been to an actual ghetto and is she seriously reasoning that the Interlachen Country Club is just like an impoverished, lower income, and minority-dominated areas like parts of Sanford or Downtown Orlando?

Take a look for yourself, does this look like a “ghetto” playground? Astro-turf, gated, cedar wood with the custom inscription “Club Interlachen.” Hardly reminiscent of an actual inner-city playground, or whatever Stephanie Murphy meant by using the term “ghetto.”

The “ghetto” playground that caused Congressman Stephanie Murphy to berate club staff.

Newly elected Longwood City Commissioner Matt Morgan, found Murphy’s remarks to be deplorable.

“If it is true that Stephanie Murphy referred to this top-of-the-line, top-notch playground using the word “ghetto“ to describe it, then that’s just a real shame. Here in Longwood, we are very proud everything we have, definitely as it pertains to the playgrounds and parks.”

Morgan, a former professional wrestler turned public servant recently sponsored a charity wrestling match to raise funds for the Longwood Babe Ruth League, in order to help to help them afford a new batting cage.

Chardo Richardson, an Air Force veteran who is challenging Stephanie Murphy, said that Murphy’s alleged comments are not surprising.

“I was not there, but this is just another example of how disconnected from the common people Stephanie Murphy is,” said Richardson who is refusing corporate money in his bid for Congress and running on the progressive line.

Congresswoman Murphy’s office refused to give comment on the “ghetto” playground incident, and staff at Interlachen Country Club declined to comment on members.

Republicans Scott Sturgill, Mike Miller, and Vennia Francois will face off in the GOP primary to capture the Republican nomination for the 2018 mid-term elections.


Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, Fox News, and Australia’s New Dawn Magazine. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.