Pat Toomey is in his element. With Election Day a mere two weeks away, Toomey, between cracking jokes and flashing grins, is showing an energy not often seen by a man more commonly focused on a dryer economics-by-the-numbers style of politicking.
And last night in rural-feeling Wrightstown, Pennsylvania, thirty miles north of Philadelphia and only minutes from the historic hamlet of Washington Crossing, Pat Toomey led the season’s final rival-style campaign stop at the Middletown Grange Fairgrounds.
Speaking to an audience of many hundreds under a sprawling open-air hall, Toomey rallied the faithful on an October evening that quickly turned frigid.
As a horse-drawn carriage loaded up children for a quick ride, with the clip-clop of hooves echoing dimly in the hall, Toomey assured grange-goers, “I am convinced that the 21st century can be another great American century.”
In remarks that lasted fewer than ten minutes, Toomey sprinkled policy points and political jabs into a speech that otherwise might have been heard at a summer revival.
“If we stay on the path these guys have us on in Washington, we could become the first generation of Americans who hand over to our kids a diminished country,” lamented Toomey, “one of fewer opportunities and less prosperity.”
Toomey exhorted them to continue to work against Democrats who would seek to impose “a giant, powerful government that controls the economy,” and warned of the imposition of a system that “allows their mandarins to force the kind of outcomes that they think the rest of us should have.”
“I believe with all my heart that it’s our birthright as Americans to dream great dreams,” said Toomey, and “it’s the responsibility of elected officials to preserve and defend the freedom that allows us to live those dreams.
Toomey was joined by Mike Fitzpatrick, who seeks to unseat Democrat Patrick Murphy in the 8th district in Bucks County, along with candidate for Lieutenant Gov. Jim Cawley.