As 200 Doylestown employees of the Fred Beans automotive organization munched on box lunches in the Ford showroom on Monday, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-8) spoke about 9/11, his three priorities for improving the economy, helping veterans through “preferences” to veteran-owned businesses, his support for continental exploration of oil reserves and bringing Canadian oil through the U.S. to Gulf refineries, rebuilding and maintaining the country’s infrastructure, and Congressional term limits.
Fitzpatrick, a former county commissioner who is running for his third term representing the 8th district in the House, was invited by the Beans organization to the “town hall meeting” held September 10 from noon to 1pm at the Ford facility.
He said that if someone were to knock on 100 doors in his district and ask what issues were most important to them in the upcoming election, “95 of them will be most interested in jobs and getting back to work.”
“My priorities are to get the country’s fiscal health back in order, reduce government expenditures and increase revenue.” He said that they need to “create a situation where the private sector is taking risks and growing the economy.”
Fitzpatrick pledged in the spring to visit 100 businesses in 100 days, talking to personnel at all levels about what they see as the issues and solutions. Having reached that goal, he’s now determined to make it to 150 businesses.
“It’s probably the best thing I’ve done as a congressman.”
Calling for legislators and the administration to “reach across the aisle,” he said “a pathway to prosperity is people working together.” He further said that, according to statistics kept on each legislator’s voting record, “I am the sixth most independent Republican in the House.”
Beth Beans Gilbert, vice president of the automotive group, said, “Regardless of your political affiliation, you’re fortunate to be able to have lunch with your congressman.”