Kevin Strouse is running against Mike Fitzpatrick for Congressman in the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania which encompasses Bucks County and parts of Montgomery County. He is originally from Delaware County, coming now to Bucks County from DC to run against Fitzpatrick. Mike Fitzpatrick was born and raised in Bucks County.
That is an important distinction for many – Mike Fitzpatrick is home-grown. Delaware County does not seem far enough away from Bucks to make much of a difference, but we are all influenced by environment, especially in our youth, and the closer to home, the better we feel about it.
Strouse may know more closely what the impact on Delaware Countians was when the Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Chester closed down in 1990, but Fitzpatrick knows better the 1991 continuing impact of shutting down the blast furnaces in Fairless Hills – and that’s just closer to home and more personal.
Strouse was imported from Washington, DC for the purely political purpose of running against Fitzpatrick and that makes him even more alien. He backed Obamacare and narrowly won against Shaughnessy Naughton (51% to 49%) in the Democratic primary, receiving endorsement (and money) from Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Conservatives will shun Strouse, especially because of Pelosi, and Independents will be unimpressed by his lack of experience and blind support for Obamacare. Many hard-core Democrats will, of course, vote for him because of partisanship, but that base may be eroding because Obama, Pelosi, and Reid seem out of touch with reality, the economy continues to decline, and Obamacare continues to implode. Bucks County Democrats are not deaf, dumb, blind, or stupid.
As Tip O’Neill once wisely said, “All politics is local” and Fitzpatrick is certainly local, giving him an advantage over a “ringer” from DC. Fitzpatrick’s record and experience increases that advantage and the growing dissatisfaction with the current out-of-touch administration in Washington should help bring him a win in November.
Then, again, voters elected Obama – twice. There is no sure thing.
David J. Hentosh