1/30/20 Meehan Response to NYTIMES Campaign Profile
On Tuesday, January 28, the New York Times print-edition featured Andy Meehan and coverage of his Fight Fake Fitz outdoor campaign rally in the midst of a blizzard. Meehan has issued the following statement in response:
I applaud the New York Times for their recognition of the importance of the race here in Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District. The story was even-handed, but there are a few insights I’d like to add:
First, I’m not just running because I think I can beat Brian Fitzpatrick. I’m running because I believe I will be a better candidate in the General Election. Fitzpatrick has turned his back on both Republican principles and Republican voters. I look forward to facing Brian Fitzpatrick in a free, open and public debate where I will address his failure on the real issues that matter to the people of PA-01, no matter what their party affiliation.
Unlike Congressman Fitzpatrick, I will stand shoulder-to-shoulder to support not just President Trump, but also every other Republican on the ticket— especially Republicans running in down-ballot races. Brian Fitzpatrick twiddled his thumbs while the Bucks County Republican leadership lost nearly every local election to Democrats in 2017, 2018, and 2019 —the worst election losses in 30 years. I will make it my personal responsibility to make my district Republican again by helping Republican candidates win back all of these offices.
Second, I find it encouraging that, as reported by the New York Times, President Trump has expressed no interest in helping Brian Fitzpatrick win the upcoming Republican primary.
An “unnamed White House source” excused Fitzpatrick’s repeated condemnations and disloyal opposition to President Trump, Republican values and Republican voters because Fitzpatrick voted once against impeachment. Let me state that one last-minute vote for President Trump does not cancel hundreds of votes made by Congressman Fitzpatrick with Democrats for Gun Bans, Red Flag Gun Confiscation, Planned Parenthood, Amnesty, Obamacare, Carbon Taxes, biological men in women’s sports and spaces, and publicly condemning President Trump as a “racist”. Brian Fitzpatrick’s one vote against impeachment will not convince voters that Brian Fitzpatrick is anything except Nancy Pelosi’s favorite Republican.
Brian Fitzpatrick’s record of condemning President Trump and rejecting Republican values and voters is overwhelming proof that he does not deserve re-election. Every voter in Pennsylvania’s First District deserves better.
“A Primary From the Right? Not in Trump’s G.O.P.” New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/28/us/politics/pennsylvania-republicans-trump.html
“Democrats take control of Bucks County Government” Bucks County Courier Times. https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191105/democrats-takes-control-of-bucks-county-government
“Election results reassure House Democrats as they pursue impeachment inquiry of Trump” Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/election-results-reassure-house-democrats-as-they-pursue-impeachment-inquiry-of-trump/2019/11/06/c9a1d7ee-ff1f-11e9-8501-2a7123a38c58_story.html