Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Two Candidates

Patrick Murphy:

Exciting things are happening at Murphy headquarters!

President Bush is coming to town on Wednesday to do a fundraiser for Mike Fitzpatrick and Jim Gerlach (PA-6; he's being challenged by Lois Murphy). In response, our terrific corps of volunteers will hold a Day of Action in which they will participate in community service projects throughout the 8th District. The 2006 budget, which Mike Fitzpatrick voted for, drastically cut funding to a number of programs affecting people and organizations throughout the 8th District.

Mike Fitzpatrick:

WASHINGTON - President Bush is lending some help to two vulnerable House Republicans seeking re-election in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Bush is slated to attend a fundraiser Wednesday night in Philadelphia for Reps. Jim Gerlach and Mike Fitzpatrick. The two-term Gerlach faces a challenge from attorney Lois Murphy, a Democrat who nearly beat him in 2004. Fitzpatrick, a freshman, is running against Iraq War veteran Patrick Murphy.

The fundraiser also will benefit the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee. Tickets for the event are $1,000.

What'd Mike Fitzpatrick say in 2003? (from the 8/7/03 Allentown Morning Call):

A Republican commissioner said the Democrats were charging too much if they expected to involve average families. Fitzpatrick said he would never ask one of his contributors to pay $1,000 for a ticket to a fund-raiser.

Fitzpatrick said his major fund-raising event each year is a party on St. Patrick's Day. This year, he said, he charged $60 for a ticket.

"We target our fund-raising efforts at more moderately priced events that families can attend," he said. "You can attract a wider audience and have a more personable event than simply asking someone to pay $1,000 to have their picture taken with the governor."