Doylestown Borough Republican committeeman Joe Flood was prepared to spend several hours Saturday knocking on doors with one goal in mind.
“We’ve lost a sense of optimism in this country,” he said. “I want to get it back.”
Flood was among 50 or so stalwart Republicans who braved oppressive heat and humidity Saturday morning to mark the opening of a “Victory Office” on Broad Street in Doylestown. It was one of dozens of events nationally organized by the GOP to fire up the troops in advance of the November 6 election.
“Why are we here?” county GOP chair Pat Poprik asked the sweltering crowd to get things started.
“To take back our country,” they shouted in unison.
Part pep rally and part training session, the event featured remarks by incumbent Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick and Anne Chapman, a Lower Makefield resident who is challenging state Rep. Steve Santarsiero for the 31st District, which includes Newtown. They both stressed the need for the rank and file to maintain their energy levels for the next 95 days.
Fitzpatrick faces a challenge from Democrat Kathy Boockvar, a Doylestown attorney, for the Eighth District seat. He said the recent uptick in unemployment is one more piece of evidence that “the country has gotten off the rails.” The only way to get back on track, he said, “is to change to conductor.”
Fitzpatrick hammered away at the country’s economy, blaming President Obama’s policies for 42 months of unemployment above 8 percent. He lauded Mitt Romney’s experience in both the public and private sectors as reasons he would make an excellent President.
Mostly, though, Fitzpatrick implored the faithful to devote all their efforts to helping Republicans get elected in the fall.
“Whether you are knocking on doors, making phone calls or otherwise engaging voters, we need to finish the job that was started in 2010 and take back the Senate and the White House,” he said. “We can’t do it without your help.”
Richard Tems, another committeeman from Doylestown Borough, said he was anxious to get out and start knocking on doors with Flood.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said.
When Fitzpatrick finished speaking, the audience broke into two groups: one went downstairs to start making phone calls, while the other stayed upstairs to pick up tips from Blake Gobert of the Romney campaign on how to approach voters when going door-to-door.
Before she sat in on the door-to-door training, Julie Curtin of Doylestown Township said she is “100-percent on board” with the GOP platform.
“I want to be part of this,” she said.