In their continued effort to influence the 2012 primary season, the Planned Parenthood political action fund “Women are Watching” released a list of their “toxic ten” members of congress who have ardently supported legislature to cut federal family planning grants.
On the list is Bucks County representative Mike Fitzpatrick who voted for the Pence Amendment to slash funding to Planned Parenthood by $363 million, which passed through the House before dying in the Senate back in 2011.
This well aimed jab at Fitzpatrick from Planned Parenthood, hits on one of the most polarizing social issues of the campaign season and is already proving to be a particularly contentious point between Fitzpatrick and Democratic challenger Kathy Boockvar.
The Fitzpatrick campaign calls this the work of a “the liberal smear machine,” bent on refocusing the voters attention away from more pressing economic issues.
“Liberals and their hacks are hopelessly trying every hackneyed trick in the book to misdirect voters from their failed policies which have stalled our recovery and put America’s future at risk,” said Fitzpatrick campaign representative, Faith Bender. “The real issue for women is putting our country back on the right track.”
However, Fitzpatrick’s opponent Kathy Boockvar sees things differently. Calling herself a “tireless and vocal advocate for women,” she hammered Fitzpatrick for being disconnected from his constituents’ priorities.
“Congressman Fitzpatrick has voted repeatedly with the Tea Party to deny critical healthcare services for the millions of American women and men who rely on those services, said Kathy Boockvar. “These votes, and his votes against women, seniors, and middle class Americans are unconscionable and callous, and represent everything that is wrong with Congress’s priorities, and with Washington.”
The timely reminder of Fitzpatrick’s voting record from Planned Parenthood is part of the organizations recent concentrated push to swing their political weight on women’s health issues. They also just announced that they will be pouring $100,000 into running an advertisement campaign charging Republican state House hopeful Ryan Mackenzie with supporting the controversial, and currently flagging, ultrasound bill.