Mike Fitzpatrick One of GOP Freshmen Taped Undercover in Key Largo Florida

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The Huffington Post reports that Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) is among various other GOP Freshman Congressmen taped during a massively extravagant fundraising event at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida.  Fitzpatrick, who defeated Patrick Murphy in 2010, is currently running against Kathy Boockvar.

For you proletarians out there who are not intimately familiar with the Ocean Reef Club (or, “The ORC” as the kids are calling it), the club is “an exclusive seaside resort and home to 54 holes of championship golf and a private marina full of luxury yachts,” and according to CBS News, some of the Congressmen in attendance brought their spouses and “got to share lively dinner conversation at a restaurant with gourmet delights such as braised baby octopus and crispy duck confit.”

Keystone Politics is currently unsure what Fitzpatrick scored during his 54 holes of golf, nor can we confirm his menu choices at this time.  We are speculating that his meal choice included goat cheese profiteroles, an arugula Caesar salad, and a swordfish meatloaf with onion marmalade for an entree.

Here’s the story from Huffington Post, and the link with video is here:

CBS News conducted an undercover camera investigation at a recent GOP fundraiser for freshmen congressmen at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., organized by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which lobbyists and campaign donors attended. The video offers a rarely-seen window into the world of fundraising, which is crucial to campaigns.

On the invite list were Reps. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.), Quico Canseco (R-Texas), Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Bob Dold (R-Ill.), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), Mike Grimm (R-N.Y.), Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.), Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).

Politico recently reported that Republican donors, dismayed by their chances in the 2012 presidential race, have focused more on holding onto House seats and taking control of the Senate.

The event was hosted by Representative Spencer Bachus of Alabama and Representative Pete Sessions of Texas.  Sessions is the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, thus his primary objective is electing Republicans to the House.

Now, here’s where things get even fishier–and I’m not talking about the braised baby octopus.

Pete Sessions is the very same Congressman that skipped his swearing in ceremony in 2010 with Mike Fitzpatrick.  While every other Congressman was busy following the United States Constitution, Sessions and Fitzpatrick cast votes as members of the 112th Congress even though they were not sworn in, a violation of the Constitution (Article VI, Paragraph 3).  You may recall that this happened, hilariously enough, on the same day that the GOP had the Constitution read from the podium.

Sessions and Fitzpatrick, you may recall, missed their swearing in ceremony because they were at another fundraiser in the Capitol Visitors Center. The two Congressmen watched the swearing-in on television from the Capitol Visitors Center with their hands raised.

Now, as the 2012 election goes into full swing, it appears these two Constitutional pranksters are at it again, only this time they’re playing 54 holes of golf instead of breaking House ethics rules that forbid fundraising in the Capitol.

Again, I’ll note that Fitzpatrick is being challenged by Kathy Boockvar, who could certainly use your help.

About Jake Sternberger

Jake Sternberger is a recovering/relapsing political professional who has been a contributor to Keystone Politics since 2011. Sternberger covers campaigns and elections for KP, drawing from his experience working on local, county, congressional, and statewide PA races doing field, oppo, comms, and as CM. He is currently a law student. Email: jakes@keystonepolitics.com Twitter: @JakeSternberger
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4 Responses to Mike Fitzpatrick One of GOP Freshmen Taped Undercover in Key Largo Florida

  1. angelatc (@AngelaTC) says:

    Really? The fact that the GOP has fundraisers is scandalous? This is totally off the deep end.

    • Jon says:

      What’s scandalous is the personal gifts these lawmakers are accepting from lobbyists. Mike Fitzpatrick’s down there getting free fancy meals and drinks from these people. That kind of thing is much more *persuasive* to lawmakers than a lobbyist coming into your office and arguing you should vote a certain way on a bill. They’re buying his *personal* gratitude, on a subconscious level. It’s way more effective.

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