Fitz­patrick main­tains con­gres­sional seat

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Natalya Bu­cuy

Jour­nal Reg­is­ter News Ser­vice

As Bucks County Com­mis­sion­ers Chair­man Robert Lough­ery put it, things were “bit­ter­sweet” for Republicans in Bucks County on elec­tion night.

While Pres­i­dent Barack Obama took Penn­syl­va­nia’s 20 elec­toral votes Tues­day, the 8th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, which in­cludes all of Bucks County and por­tions of Mont­gomery County, re­elected Repub­li­can Mike Fitz­patrick for the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

With al­most all of the precincts re­port­ing, Fitz­patrick won more than 56 per­cent of the pop­u­lar vote over Doylestown at­tor­ney Kathy Boock­var.

“I rec­og­nize that I am be­ing sent to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal at a VHUY GLI­fiFUOW WLPH LQ our na­tion’s his­tory,” Fitz­patrick said, cit­ing the coun- try’s un­em­ploy­ment rate and the na­tional debt.

Fitz­patrick vowed to work on low­er­ing the na­tion’s debt and promised to “do more with less” in terms of tax funds. He also com­mented on Gov. Mitt Rom­ney’s loss of Penn­syl­va­nia to Obama.

“Bucks County per­formed well and ad­mirably for Gov. Rom­ney,” he said. “I know he was proud of us.”

Fitz­patrick re­called Rom­ney’s visit to Shady Brook Farms Nov. 4 as part of the pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee’s cam­paign.

“Gov. Rom­ney could have come any­where last Sun­day, but he came to Bucks County,” he said.

Lough­ery also re­mem­bered Rom­ney’s visit to the county, re­call­ing it as “full of great en­ergy” and “elec­tri­fy­ing.”

Lough­ery said he was happy to see Fitz­patrick win the race, but was dis­ap­pointed at the news of Rom­ney’s loss.

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