The Philadelphia Inquirer has endorsed Kathy Boockvar over Mike Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District. Here’s the link, and here’s the section on PA-8:
…Every couple of years, Republicans and Democrats in Bucks County’s evenly split Eighth District size up their representative’s record in staying a difficult, middle-of-the-road political course.
As a result, Bucks has changed its House member several times in recent years – and this year may be no exception as Republican Mike Fitzpatrick seeks another term two years after he unseated a Democrat incumbent.
A scurrilous Republican ad campaign against Democrat Kathy Boockvar offered Fitzpatrick a chance to speak out against the divisiveness that continues to paralyze Washington. But instead of showing leadership, he has mostly talked about his bipartisan credentials as a former county commissioner.
Add his party-line votes to repeal the health-care overhaul and approve budgets that would gut federal programs, maintain tax cuts for the wealthy, and threaten traditional Medicare, and it becomes clear that Fitzpatrick is cozying up to tea-party policies far from his district’s mainstream.
Fortunately, voters have an alternative in Boockvar, 43, a voting-rights attorney. Like Fitzpatrick, she wants to boost jobs by cutting corporate tax rates and trimming red tape for small businesses. But she also wants to pass cost-containment measures missing from the Affordable Care Act, rather than jettison it without a viable alternative, which is what Fitzpatrick would do.
The GOP smear campaign labeling Boockvar “Radical Kathy” is unfounded and an insult to the district’s many independent voters, who would be well-served by electing KATHY BOOCKVAR….