By Brittany Foster, Contributing Writer
Originally elected in 2005, Fitzpatrick represented the district until 2007 when he was defeated by Murphy but took the seat from Murphy again in 2010. Enter Jennifer Stefano, Director of Policy for Labor and Industry for the Tea Party-affiliated Pennsylvania Americans For Prosperity.
“If you had asked me two weeks ago if I were running for Congress, I would have dismissed it immediately,” Stefano wrote in an email to PoliticsPA (and, apparently, The Hill). “That is, until Mike Fitzpatrick voted against reigning in the out of control National Labor Relations Board,” she said. “Through that vote, Rep. Fitzpatrick is continuing to empower a job killing federal agency to have the final say over whether or not American businesses can open or relocate in a state, including Pennsylvania.”
Her inclination to run was first reported by GrassrootsPA.
PoliticsPA is seeking a reaction from Fitzpatrick’s office.
The National Labor Relations Board handles fair representation of unions and investigates unfair business practices. Stefano also opposes so-called “political expediency” and urges Fitzpatrick to work toward substantive fiscal reform.
“I believe it is now my moral obligation to listen to those who have come forward to offer support and to encourage me to run,” Stefano declared.
Stefano is also a frequent guest on the cable news circuit. Here’s a March 2010 appearance on Fox News: