Huntingdon Valley Businessman Dee Adcock is the GOP choice to face incumbent Democrat Allyson Schwartz in the 13th Congressional District. He says voters will reject the Democratic push for bigger government, with big spending and borrowing.
“Voters have come to a mind that Washington is heading in the wrong direction and the out-of-control spending, the deficit, the debt, are unsustainable. We’re seeing with our very eyes what happens when it goes too far too long now, whether it be in Greece or Portugal or Italy.”
Adcock out-polled Harleysville lawyer Josh Quinter and Philadelphia firefighter Brian Haughton in the Republican primary. The district is partly in Montgomery County and partly in Northeast Philadelphia.
Democrat Manan Trivedi will face incumbent Republican Jim Gerlach in the Sixth District, which includes parts of Montgomery, Chester and Berks Counties. He says his background and message will appeal to the voters.
“I think people are drawn to the fact that I’m not a career politician, that I have a very different background and I’m dedicated to service, evident from my record as a Naval officer and a physician and someone who served on the front lines in Iraq, that I can provide something very different.”
Trivedi beat former Philadelphia Inquirer editorial writer Doug Pike in a close primary race. He says Gerlach’s vote against health care and Wall Street reform will be his undoing, but Gerlach says he is not worried about any anti-incumbency backlash.
“The Democrats have one-party rule. They control the House of Representatives, the senate and the presidency, and so we’re not really able to put our ideas forward and what we’d like to do to change the direction of America, and I think the voters understand that, so if there’s going to be any anti-incumbency feeling I think most of that will be directed toward the Democrat Party.”
Eighth District Republicans picked former Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick to run against incumbent Democrat Patrick Murphy. Fitzpatrick welcomed Murphy’s call for a series of eight debates.
“Right on. I say we start this week. I want a debate, public forum, town hall meeting, whatever kind of forum Pat Murphy will agree to, one a week for the rest of the year.”
Fitzpatrick out-polled all three of his opponents combined. He held the seat for a single term before Murphy ousted him four years ago. He says Murphy has been a rubber stamp for the president and an agenda that most Bucks County voters do not support.