The National Journal’s Hotline report last week ranked the 1st Congressional District as the 17th most likely to flip party control. Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick will be seeking a third term.
Hotline wrote, “Fitzpatrick is one of two Republicans seeking reelection in a district carried by Hillary Clinton, and Democrats expect to have a stronger candidate this time than Scott Wallace, the multimillionaire philanthropist who was battered with negative ads and lost by over 2 points despite a national wave that crashed through the suburbs. But who will it be? None of the three Democrats who have stepped forward in this Bucks County-based seat so far appear to be top recruits, and it may take that to unseat an incumbent who has proved capable of separating himself from Trump.”
Fitzpatrick faces Andy Meehan, president of an investment advisory firm, in the primary. Democratic candidates so far are Bucks County Prothonotary Judi Reiss, Pennsbury School Board member Debbie Wachspress and Christina Finello, an Ivyland councilwoman and deputy director of the Bucks County Department of Housing and Human Services. ••