In the fundraising email, Kasich describes Fitzpatrick as a “strong voice for commonsense conservative reform” which is causing the Democrats to push to unseat him.
Kasich and Fitzpatrick both distanced themselves from Donald Trump in 2016, eventually coming out against the GOP nominee. Kasich ran against Trump in the Presidential primary, and then voted for John McCain in the general election. Fitzpatrick said he would not be voting for either Trump of Clinton in the general election.
In office, Fitzpatrick has continued to push against Trump. He publically came out as a no vote on the American Health Care Act, which was eventually withdrawn from consideration by the House Republican leadership. He also split with Trump on climate change.
The move by Fitzpatrick may signal that he will continue to distance himself from Trump and try to label himself as an independent.
Fitzpatrick is one of four Republicans targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Trump won Fitzpatrick’s district by 0.2 percent, while Fitzpatrick won his seat by 8.82 percent.