Romney Campaign Opens "Victory Office" in Bucks

With just over three months until the election, GOP "Super Saturday" aimed to energize grassroots support in Bucks County.

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.


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Art As Social Inquiry August 09, 2012 at 03:57 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americans_for_Prosperity Americans for Prosperity? They're a Right wing political organization. But if you want a rep. from their organization in the forum, I have no objection. So this means you support a public forum with Mike participating? Who could object to that? If so, why?
Art As Social Inquiry August 09, 2012 at 04:14 AM
M.S.D. You make a very good point about Obamacare leaving out so many. Without the expansion of Medicaid in some states, more people will continue to be uninsured. These would be the people at the low end of the pay scale making between about $12,000 -$15,000/year. They work, their jobs don't provide insurance, and they can not afford the premiums on the individual market. The ruling from the Supreme Court on the expansion of Medicaid (making it optional) will leave many uninsured who would have been covered. That said many millions more will still gain access under obamacare. Obamacare gives low-middle income people a way to pay their fair share so they can get health insurance. Your comment also shines a light on a for-profit system that must find ways NOT to pay claims to remain profitable. It's a simple business equation. Your point is often cited by the advocates of a single-payer system. And some states are working toward that end. Obamacare gives states a lot of flexibility in setting up their own systems as long as they are as good or better than Obamacare. Some states will ignore the provision to expand Medicaid and suffer the consequences of higher numbers of uninsured and continued uncompensated care in hospitals.
Art As Social Inquiry August 09, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Congress has to deal with the SGR problem that could reduce Medicare Payment rates if Congress does not intervene. SGR has nothing to do with Obamacre.
Randy August 15, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I was going to laugh until I realized your uninformed vote has an equal value to my informed vote. Now I am sad.
Art As Social Inquiry August 15, 2012 at 02:45 PM
The clever quips are fine but then what happens? We end up NOT talking about a congressman who sent out an letter seniors with the express intent to scare them into voting for him. Look, Mike sent the letter. Why won't he be part of a forum to explain himself? Who is against public forums where information is dissected for the benefit of citizens? Why is that controversial and undesirable? Please join forces with me to call for many open forums where voters can get information from all sides. Then the voters can decide for themselves.


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