By Larry Gordon

Recent polls have indicated that in this time of extreme national division, only 9% of Americans polled have a positive impression of the U.S. Congress. With the almost exclusive focus on impeaching the president, that statistic is not at all surprising.

But after a Sunday morning NORPAC event featuring Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) it became clear in part why that is. The members of Congress we see daily on the news do not represent the true value and substance of so many of the members of Congress who serve. Congressman Fitzpatrick is one of those sterling personalities without an ulterior motive, a representative who genuinely wants to serve his country and do his best for his constituents and all Americans.

5T rabbis greet Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick at NORPAC LI event

Perhaps that is why you might be able to say that you have not previously heard of him. He was featured at a Five Towns NORPAC event because he is up for reelection in a Pennsylvania district that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 but in which he won as a Republican. Pennsylvania is a key swing state on the electoral map, a state that can determine the results of a national election.

Congressman Fitzpatrick is vice chairman of the Problem Solvers, a group in Congress composed of both Democrats and Republicans. Their objectives are to arrive at a consensus and to advance policies and legislation in the public interest. Judging by the minimal amount of media coverage they receive, that can explain why you may not know much about their work.

Unfortunately, the work they do is eclipsed by attention-grabbers like Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, Nancy Pelosi, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and the squad of extreme leftists who declare victory by inflicting (usually economic) damage on the average American.

The leftist Democrats don’t care for Brian Fitzpatrick and are hyper-focused on winning his seat in 2020. It is our job to make sure that does not happen. One of the ways to make certain that does not occur — short of voting for him, which you can only do if you reside in his district — is to make sure the congressman has the resources to engineer a successful reelection campaign.

On Israel policy, Mr. Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent before he entered Congress, gets high marks for his support of the Jewish state. He voted against President Obama’s Iran deal and speaks glowingly about the fact that the U.S.–Israel relationship is not just a strategic one but also a matter of shared values, which is rare these days around the world.

On Israel and the bipartisan support that Israel enjoys in Congress, Mr. Fitzpatrick believes support for Israel should be nonpartisan. But, unfortunately, that is not the fact in today’s political reality. He says that in the past, if House members were supporters of the boycott of Israel, they used to hide that information, but now they run on that as a feature of their campaign for office.

At the same time, the congressman says that aid for the Palestinians that was found to be used to support terror attacks and terrorists is now commonly referred to as “humanitarian aid.”

Problem Solvers Caucus

When one joins the Problem Solvers Caucus, he or she has to recruit a member of the opposing party to join. Brian Fitzpatrick has been paired with Long Island Congressman Tom Suozzi, the Democratic representative from Glen Cove and a former Nassau County executive. Both are very good friends of Israel, and Mr. Suozzi, from his time at the helm of Nassau County, has excellent relationships with Jewish leaders around New York.

Tom Suozzi, D-NY 3rd District

Mr. Fitzpatrick says many Democrats do not feel that it is proper, right, or warranted for President Trump to be impeached. Many of his Democratic colleagues in the House “feel hijacked by their leadership.”

The congressman was asked about our Five Towns representativde, Kathleen Rice, and he had only positive things to say about her dedication to her constituents and her record on Israel. He reminded us that Ms. Rice voted against President Obama’s Iran deal and took a stand against Nancy Pelosi before she was elected speaker, and he said that Ms. Rice “is suffering because of that position.”

On Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, he says that she and her adherents are campaigning on giving away things to people free, and even though the promises are not deliverable, people cannot resist. As for the allure of AOC, Congressman Fitzpatrick says that he just doesn’t get it.

Going forward, 2020 may be the most important and historic election in the history of the country. Just as important as reelecting Mr. Trump is the matter of returning Republicans to the majority in the House and increasing their numbers in the Senate for the good of the country.

One of the people at the center of this American struggle is Congressman Fitzpatrick. He speaks directly and with clarity about the issues that concern us all. Over the next few days, Democrats in the House will be asked to vote on impeaching the president. Aside from the Democrats serving in districts that were won in 2016 by President Trump — about 31 in total — there are fair-minded Democrats, many in the Problem Solvers group, who are not ready to go along with the leadership and just blindly vote for impeachment.

Some have said that they are watching the Republican vote closely. Several Democratic representatives have indicated that so long as no Republicans vote for impeachment, those Democrats will vote against it, too.

The bottom line here is that we need to see more people like Brian Fitzpatrick not just reelected, but emerging in a prominent leadership role. That might be the only hope for this country’s future. 

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