Congressional Dems target Pa.’s Perry, Fitzpatrick for 2024 | Tuesday Morning Coffee

They are among 31 GOP-held seats ID’d as Dems look to retake the House

By: - April 4, 2023 7:17 am

House Homeland Security Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Scott Perry makes opening remarks during a hearing on “critical canine contributions to the DHS mission’” in Washington, D.C., May 18, 2017. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo by Glenn Fawcett

As they look to retake the U.S. House in 2024, Democrats have put a seat in a moderate district in southeastern Pennsylvania and one held by the head of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus on their shopping list.

U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, who represents the Bucks County-based 1st District, and Scott Perry, a close ally of former President Donald Trump who represents south-central Pennsylvania’s 10th District, are among the 31 GOP-held seats on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s new list of “Districts In Play” for next year.

The list, released Monday, also includes two open seats, currently held by Democrats.

“The vulnerable Republicans represented on this list have worked hand in hand with [U.S. HouseSpeaker [Kevin] McCarthy to enable the most dangerous wings of their party to threaten our jobs, roll back women’s freedoms, endanger Americans’ economic security, and prioritize politics over people,” the committee’s chairperson, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., said in a statement.

Perry, a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, was involved in efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Perry won re-election last November, beating Democrat Shamaine Daniels 54%-46%, according to Ballotpedia.

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-1st District, during a Capitol Hill news conference on Thursday 6/13/19 (U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s office)

Fitzpatrick, a co-chair of the House’s bipartisan Problem Solver’s Caucus, has been known to cross the aisle to vote with Democrats on such issues  as child care and contraception access.

But when it counted, the former FBI agent was there for former President Donald Trumpvoting against his impeachment after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Fitzpatrick voted with the former president 61.8 percent of the time during his four years in the White House, according to FiveThirtyEight. Those actions earned him a spot on the Never Trump Lincoln Project’s 2024 wanted list as well.

In February, Fitzpatrick joined the Lincoln Project’s list of 17 other must-defeat lawmakers whose districts went for President Joe Biden, but who nonetheless sent Republicans to Congress. Fitzpatrick defeated Democrat Ashley Ehasz 56%-44% last Novemberaccording to Ballotpedia.

As Democrats look ahead to 2024, “the DCCC is prepared to recruit exciting and battle-ready candidates in these key districts and ensure voters see the clear contrast between Democrats’ track record of delivering for the middle class, and Republicans’ radical agenda that puts Americans’ pocketbooks, communities, and livelihoods at risk,” DelBene said.

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District
U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District (Armchair Lehigh Valley).

The DCCC’s list of targeted seats follows last month’s release of the campaign committee’s list naming 29 House Democrats in competitive districts. That list included Pennsylvania U.S. Reps. Susan Wild, D-7th DistrictMatt Cartwright, D-8th District, and Chris Deluzio, who won election to his 17th District seat in western Pennsylvania last year.

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.