An Unsettling Comment About Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Meehan

In a recent Voice of Philadelphia, an unsettling comment was made about  Mike Fitzpatrick and Patrick Meehan, two Pennsylvania Republicans recently elected to the House of Representatives. In the blog post “Philly Dems Likely to Have More Clout in Next Session” it said this:

Similarly, with suburban congressional seats decimated by the midterm elections, Philadelphia Reps. Chaka Fattah and Bob Brady – along with Allyson Schwartz, who represents part of the city – will likely have to stump for key federal education dollars throughout the region. While Republican Representatives-elect Pat Meehan and Mike Fitzpatrick have both pledged to bring their share of federal monies to their home district, they will likely be under pressure from a much more conservative GOP House to cut any money seen as “pork” – a label that could include money for social and educational services.

Wait a minute, I thought all Republicans in the House were unified in their opposition to earmarks. For instance, there’s this from Yahoo:

Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday adopted a voluntary ban on pet projects known as earmarks when they take control of the chamber in January from President Barack Obama’s Democrats.

And here’s a quote from the Doylestown Intelligencer from Fitzpatrick himself:

“I’ve acquired so much more useful knowledge, and my perspective and approach are different in a very positive way,” he said. “There’s a real opportunity to accomplish things that are really important. The will of the people, which I need to reflect, is to get our budget under control. Eliminating earmarks (in a Republican caucus vote Thursday) was a small first step on the road to economic recovery.

“There are about 100 new members, and there are going to be a lot of changes. Those changes will be good. I am going to make sure they’re good.”

Now, the question is, where did the Voice of Philadelphia hear that Pat Meehan and Mike Fitzpatrick have pledged to bring home their share of federal monies? I’ve found nothing on the internet to indicate that’s the case. But it makes me nervous just the same.



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3 Responses to “An Unsettling Comment About Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Meehan”

  1. freedom fighter Says:

    Give the new guys a break. The Voice of Philadelphia? Here is what they say about themselves: “Independent, not-for-profit news site . . . unabashedly committed to anti-racism, anti-sexism and anti-homophobia. . .primary goal is to provide top-notch coverage to neighborhoods neglected by the mainstream press, including West Philadelphia and parts of North and South Philadelphia.” the founders were “frustrated” by the lack of minority media outlets on the Internet covering minority issues. . .” It seems as though this VOP group would be more in line with the Democrats and the progressive or left-wing of the party. I’m surprised you snapped up the flawed assumptions of this so-called “news outlet.” Trust but verify. And protect your credibility.

    • thomasjeffersonclubblog Says:

      Hello, Freedom Fighter, “New Guy”? Where were you when Fitzpatrick was in office the last time???

      The fact that Voice of Philadelphia seems to have a left-wing agenda is the reason we picked up on this. It seems odd that they are hearing one thing out of Fitzpatrick and Meehan and we on the right are being told another. Perhaps the VoP is lying through their teeth, or perhaps they’re not.

      If VoP are lying, then we don’t have to be concerned. If, however Fitzpatrick and Meehan are speaking out of both sides of their mouths, then it is important for people to know that.

      As you know, “freedom fighter”, Fitzpatrick was big on earmarks the last time he was in office. (New guy. I”m still chuckling.) That doesn’t exactly instill trust. And we are watching–and verifying. The proof is in the fact that we picked this up. You can pass that message along to Mike.

      TJCblog Staff

  2. Grego Says:

    In the words of one of our greatest presidents in the history of the U.S., Ronald Reagan, “Trust but verify”. We need to continue to closely inspect our representatives words and actions and hold them accountable.

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