Patrick Murphy, Democratic candidate for the 8th congressional district, has been endorsed by the Bucks County Courier Times. Though I have been a long-time supporter of Murphy's this surprises me. The paper is usually conservative politically and I expected them to endorse incumbent Republican Mike Fitzpatrick. Read the full endorsement here or here. This is an excerpt:
This is our central fear in returning Fitzpatrick to Congress - that he will not be as strong a force for change as Murphy.
In his race against Democrat Ginny Schrader two years ago, the congressman failed to keep a check on the tactics of national party operatives. When Schrader was slimed, Fitzpatrick said he wasn't responsible.
He sang the same refrain when Iraq War vets questioned Murphy's war record while appearing at a press conference he convened a few weeks ago. Fitzpatrick should have prevented this from happening at his own event - or at least denounced their comments immediately.
We are likewise offended by Fitzpatrick's television ads and mailings.
They diminish the quality of character we've come to expect from him. They also raise legitimate questions about how independent he can really be within his own party if he can't control the tone of his own campaign.