Mike Fitzpatrick is running a hard campaign against Pat Murphy, the man who knocked him out of Congress. Defeated in 2006, a year as bad for Republicans as 2010 looks to be for Democrats, Fitzpatrick is again seeking to represent the people of Pennsylvania’s 8th district.
And he just got a big boost in the form of an endorsement from the National Federal of Independent Business. Battle ‘10 was there for the endorsement event in Bucks County, outside of Philadelphia. A recap will appear later this afternoon. From the NFIB’s endorsement announcement:
NFIB’s support puts the active grassroots and financial backing from Pennsylvania’s small business owners behind Fitzpatrick, who is the proven, pro-small business candidate.
Earning the “Guardian of Small Business” award in the 109th Congress, Fitzpatrick’s record in that Congress supported small business, with votes for legislation that would have permanently repealed the estate tax, as well as a bill to allow small businesses to pool together to purchase health insurance. Fitzpatrick’s current policy positions have indicated his support of many of NFIB’s priority issues including tax reform and opposition to card check (an issue his opponent strongly supports). He has also been a vocal advocate against the recently passed healthcare reform law but has recognized the need to reduce costs for small business.
“The differences in this race couldn’t be more clear. Mike Fitzpatrick is a business leader who is a vocal opponent of increased government spending, and advocates for less regulation and fewer taxes so small businesses will have a greater incentive to grow and hire. Rep. Murphy has not been a friend to small business, as evidenced by his voting record. His votes against small business supporting the new healthcare law and cap and trade legislation prove that he doesn’t understand the negative impact expensive legislation like that will have on Pennsylvania’s job creators,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB’s vice president for political operations.
On behalf of approximately 14,000 NFIB members in Pennsylvania, and even more small business employees and supporters across the state, this is a significant endorsement in an important election year. The endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions on key small business issues including healthcare, taxes, labor and regulatory issues. [emphasis added]