Despite being under Democratic control for the past two terms, Pennsylvania’s 8th District is ripe to swing in the building Republican wave. The suburban Philadelphia district, rated D+2 by the Cook Partisan Voting Index, encompasses Bucks County, a small portion of Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia. The district had been largely Republican from 1923 until 2006. Rep. Murphy unexpectedly took over this seat in 2006, but Republicans are ready to capitalize on a favorable environment and a strong candidate in order to put this swing district back in the GOP’s hands.
Over the past two terms, Rep. Murphy has proven to be a steadfast devotee to his party’s unpopular agenda, regardless of the district’s moderate profile. Murphy has been a constant backer of Nancy Pelosi, exposing this alleged Blue Dog’s consistent liberal streak. By checking the box for bailouts, the failed ‘stimulus,’ the National Energy Tax, and the government takeover of health care, Murphy has done plenty to alienate himself from his largely suburban constituency - a key voting bloc if Republicans are to take back the majority in the House.
Unlike Murphy, Republican Mike Fitzpatrick is well-known for taking a rational approach to his decision-making and serving the will of his district. As a Bucks County Commissioner for ten years, he worked hard to improve the county’s emergency management system and organized the anti-terrorism task force in the wake of the September 11th attacks. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2004, where he championed economic vitality, job creation, and efficient governmental administration. Fitzpatrick has consistently sought to represent the broad spectrum of constituents in Bucks County and earned a reputation as a thoughtful independent thinker during his time in elected office.
Since Fitzpatrick announced his candidacy for the mid-term Congressional elections in January 2010, he has put the Eighth District and Washington, D.C. on notice that his candidacy is not to be taken lightly. Fitzpatrick has capitalized on his popularity in the district to build a broad grassroots network and raise significant funds for his bid, turning in one of the most impressive fundraising hauls in the country earlier this year. The NRCC recognized Fitzpatrick’s hard work by promoting him to the top level of our Young Guns program, noting that his campaign has quickly put the pieces in place to compete and win as we march toward Election Day.
This November, Fitzpatrick has a chance to take back the highly prized seat right in the heart of territory where Democrats have built their majority over the last two election cycles. A vote for Fitzpatrick would be a vote for renewed economic vitality and the return of responsible representation to the Eighth District. Visit Fitzpatrick’s website and become a fan on facebook in order to learn more about this top-notch candidate and stay up to date with the latest news on this race
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