Andrew Meehan Announces Challenge Against Fitzpatrick in PA1 GOP Primary

It appears Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) will once again have a primary challenger in his upcoming reelection bid. 

Andrew Meehan, President of an investment advisory firm and grandson of the late longtime Philadelphia GOP party boss Austin Meehan, announced on social media a bid against Fitzpatrick in the Republican primary for the 1st Congressional District. 

In an announcement video on Youtube, he dubs Fitzpatrick as an “Anti-Trump, Trump hating RINO” and believes he doesn’t support President Donald Trump’s agenda. 

“Come April 2020, they will be able to vote for an actual Republican… who believes that it’s not good for us to go into the Trump 2020 election, where Trump is going to win the national election for President and us have a weak kneed, fake Republican, Brian Fitzpatrick, Anti-Trump, RINO, Trump hating RINO, as our representative going in on Trump’s coatails,” Meehan said in the announcement video. 

Meehan lauds Trump in the video for bringing a “revitalized America” and said that although Trump is not “perfect”, he 100% supports the President. He touts being a “principled conservative” and says that Fitzpatrick is not an actual Republican and considers him a “Democrat, masquerading as a Republican.” 

Meehan’s campaign website includes a video from Fox News host Jeanine Pirro criticizing Fitzpatrick and several other Republicans for siding with Democrats on a border related bill. The campaign website also includes clips of Fitzpatrick at a public forum voicing support for gun control, carbon tax, and opposing deportation of “immigrants who are unlawfully present in the United States.” 

Fitzpatrick is currently in his second term in Congress representing the Philadelphia suburban district. He bested pro-Trump Republican Dean Malik in the 2018 GOP primary by 34 points in 2018 and defeated Democrat Scott Wallace by just over 2.5 points in the November midterm. Fitzpatrick was just one of two Republicans nationwide to weather the blue wave in 2018 by winning boundaries that went to Sec. Hillary Clinton in 2016. 

Despite his social media announcement, Fitzpatrick is still currently the only Republican that has filed paperwork with the FEC to run in 2020. As of now two Democrats, Pennsbury School Board member Deb Wachspress and Bucks County Prothonotary Judi Reiss, have filed paperwork to run in the district. 

 

 

PoliticsPA is seeking comment from the Fitzpatrick campaign.

July 9th, 2019 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 17 Comments

17 thoughts on “Andrew Meehan Announces Challenge Against Fitzpatrick in PA1 GOP Primary”

  1. Joseph vasko says:

    Don’t lie if you don’t know. Andy grew up next door to me in fox chase. He has 2 sisters none of which is pat. He is the best candidate that we need right now in this country.

  2. Val's Alibi says:

    ‘Cause that establishment candidate is exactly what the MAGA crowd wants right now.

    Keep chasin’ that windmill CyrAndy-o Bergerac….keep chasing it grasshopper.

  3. zakrey bissell says:

    I whole heartededly supports Andrew Meehan! MAGA!

  4. zakrey bissell says:

    Is Andrew Meehan related to Former Congressman Pat Meehan from Pennsylvania.

    1. Mark Jacobs says:

      Yes, its his sister.

  5. PhillyPolitico says:

    He seems sane.

  6. Carla says:

    LOL, look how well the last time a hard-right Trump clone tried to challenge Fitz turned out… Dean Malik got blown away in the primary last time.

    Please proceed Meehan.

  7. Jim Pickard says:

    Hurrah for another Meehan …hope
    That he has some of his Grandpop’s talent

  8. Breathless in Bristol says:

    Memo to Rep. Fitzpatrick:

    Switch to Democrat now. They will embrace you. Its better to be in the majority anyhow. The party that elected you and your brother is not what it was.

    1. Greg says:

      Neither is the Democratic Party. It’s now a haven for wacky socialists who want felons to vote from prison and illegals to come right on in and have free healthcare. The more insane and out-of-touch the idea is, the better. Four more years of MAGA because of that stupid shit.

  9. Scoop says:

    Brian Fitzpatrick is a throwback to the kind of rational Republican that we had pre-Contract on America, or pre-Reagan. He’s a genuine guy and he works hard for his constituents. As a Democrat, I’d split my ticket to vote for him.

    1. David says:

      Same here!! I’m a Dem who voted Clinton/Fitzpatrick last time… Wallace was just too far left for my taste.

  10. Abe Lincoln says:

    You have to respect someone so clueless that in a county that is swiftly becoming Dem they see another rainbow where their Trump loving views are embraced in Bucks County. Fitzpatrick can win should he switch to Dem right now. He will not win in the general in Bucks should he stay Republican.

    1. Jake says:

      I disagree.. Fitzpatrick will win his primary and the General Election. He fits the views of his constituents perfectly. A moderate in a moderate county. A typical liberal Democrat will lose as would too conservative a Republican. If he could win in 2018, there is no reason to think he won’t win again. In fact, he will have an easier time in 2020.

    2. Joseph vasko says:

      Democrats have controlled phila for the last 60 years or so. And what do we have. Higher and higher taxes. Murder rate is up and out of control. And just when they can’t raise the taxes anymore, they start a sugar tax that doubles the price of sugar free soda in the city. Go figure. Maybe it’s time for a change in the city. We need someone that actually run a business and knows something about accounting. Maybe then we’ll find out who took the missing tax monies from the treasury.

  11. Robert B Sklaroff says:

    He must run a positive campaign.

    1. New_Liberal_Lion says:

      Yes, a positive redneck. Right on!

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