Boockvar, Fitzpatrick Can’t Agree Where to Disagree

Rep. Mike Fitzatrick, left, and Kathy Boockvar

Saturday at the Social Security and Medicare Candidate Forum at the United Church of Christ in Levittown, Kathy Boockvar took questions from the audience while Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick’s chair remained empty.

PA Working Families, Penn Action and the Pennsylvania Association of Staff, Nurses and Practitioners sponsored the event.

“I wish Congressman Fitzpatrick were here to have an open discussion,” said Boockvar of the one-sided affair. “The voters deserve to see the side-by-side difference between the candidates and our visions for America.”

One can hardly blame Fitzpatrick for not attending; PA Working Families routinely organizes protests of his district offices and PA-SNAP contributed $1,500 to Boockvar back in March. The event focused on Democrats’ critiques of a budget authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and supported by Fitzpatrick.

Previously representing the 8th district from 2005 to 2007 Fitzpatrick was reelected to congress in 2010 after losing to Patrick Murphy in 2006. Representing moderate Bucks County plus a few municipalities in Montgomery County, he’s Democrats’ top target in Pa. in 2012.

Both campaigns are having an issue with scheduling and agreeing to debates. Bookvar’s and Fitzpatrick’s debate schedule do not totally line up. Declining locally based community organizations protest invites Fitzpatrick seems to be the candidate that looks guilty.

“It is unfair for the serious, locally-based community organizations to be used as pawns and ignored by the Boockvar campaign. Frankly, it’s an embarrassment,” wrote Faith Bender, Fitzpatrick’s campaign manager, in a press release.

“Boockvar’s respect for the process and local community is mortifying and shameful. It is a travesty that Boockvar is making a mockery of this long-standing and respected tradition in our community.”

According to The Intelligencer, Boockvar has agreed to participate in debates sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition on Sept. 17; AARP on Sept. 29; at Ohev Shalom Temple on Oct.14; and at Heritage Creek in Warwick, sponsored by the Bucks County Coalition of Senior Communities on Oct. 24.

Fitzpatrick has agreed to one debate each in upper, lower and central Bucks: on-air on WNPV radio in Lansdale an Oct. 17; a debate at Bucks County Community College on Oct. 25; and a debate sponsored by the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and the Bucks County League of Women Voters at the Water Wheel Restaurant in Doylestown on Oct. 26. All three are buried in the middle of weekdays; at 12pm, 8am and 11am respectively, making it difficult or impossible for most voters to attend.

Jon Blair, Boockvar’s campaign manager told The Intelligencer he had no record of receiving an invitation to the WNPV debate.

Update: Boockvar’s campaign said she has been confirmed for the Water Wheel and the League of Women Voters debates for several weeks before Fitzpatrick.

Two years ago, Fitzpatrick called for one debate each week starting the day after he won the GOP primary to face then-Congressman Patrick Murphy. He similarly criticized Murphy for a lack of open, public town hall meetings. However, since June this year, he’s avoided such events and stuck to events for private groups or conference calls.

Keegan Gibson contributed to this report.

10 Responses

  1. Mike is not running away from his record. His votes may not have been liked by some of his constituents, but remember he is the Congressman of ALL THE 8TH DISTRICT. He is in a difficult spot trying to please ALL. As for debating, he does not have to be afraid to debate a KNOW NOTHING. She has run for offices, but has she ever won?

  2. Fitzpatrick should attend all those events by the opposition because he is the elected congressman and all those people are not just voters, they are his constituents.
    He is running from his record.

  3. Kathy Boockvar is just not a strong candidate. She will underperform in the lower part of the district. Fitzpatrick in 04 outperformed Bush by 8 points county wide. In 2006 he lost but outperformed the state wide GOP candidates by 10 points. For Boockvar to win I think Obama would need to take about 57% of the vote in Bucks County to flip the seat. That could happen with the way Romney is going but I don’t see it. Lookout for the split ticket voters in L-Town. I don’t see Boockvar craking 48%.

  4. It’s Fright Night! Broockvar needs more than a makeover, she needs a complete do-over. Not to say that Fitzpatrick couldn’t be her twin brother. Running theme for PA-8: Politics is showbiz for ugly people

  5. Mike actually is always available for constituents and his office is superb at providing assistance when called upon. Why would he attend an event held and paid for by 3 groups that are committed to electing his opposition?

    Will Kathy Boockvar attend an event sponsored and held by the Fraternal Order of Police?

  6. He is a sitting congressman, not just a candidate. He should not avoid constituents because they oppose him. This is how he would be held accountable for his record in addition to explaining going forward. This is what he wants to avoid along with an honest debate about Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacares. He sticks to private events and conference calls where he safe from controversy and sticks to a script and the questions are presented in advance. He is hiding from his constituents and we get a clearer picture of the need to disenfranchise voters.

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