Brian Walsh

With recent polls showing Republican Mike Fitzpatrick leading incumbent Democrat Patrick Murphy in the race for Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District, it’s not surprising that Murphy’s numbers have stagnated – he’s voted lock-step with Washington Democrats for Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda.  You name the legislation and you’ll find a Yea vote from Patrick Murphy: the $787 billion failed Stimulus, raising the debt limit to $14 trillion, the government-takeover of healthcare, and the job-killing, tax raising Cap-and-Trade bill.  

With this record, you would hope Murphy recognizes he’s in hot water.  I could tell you that’s the case, or you could hear the answer from the Congressman’s mouth.

As a sign that their prospects of retaining this seat are virtually gone, the DCCC just announced they were cutting air time in the Philadelphia media market, which covers this district. With Murphy getting desperate, his Democrat friends have resorted to  deceitful scare tactics to make up for his sagging poll numbers Momentum is with the GOP and in twelve days, voters have can cast their ballots for a new direction in Washington or more of the same disastrous policies that have guaranteed mountains of debt for our children and grandchildren. 

Original Post: 7/8/2010

In one of the more interesting and fastest developing House races to watch this fall, former Republican Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is taking on Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Democrat who ousted the freshman Fitzpatrick by just over 1,500 votes in the 2006 wave. With Murphy now facing the liability of his two-term incumbency and his unwavering support for the unpopular Democrat agenda, he now faces an uphill climb to a third term. To make life more difficult for the liberal Murphy, Fitzpatrick is already charging hard back into the ring, having already amassed a hefty war chest and collected 77 percent of the vote in a crowded and contested Republican primary.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.