Tensions rise in the congressional race between democrat Patrick Murphy and republican Mike Fitzpatrick.
As democrats battle to hold the House of Representatives, several hotly contested races are being fought in Pennsylvania.[audio:101131ddcong.mp3]
Soon after Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy began speaking at a Dolylestown rally, a white van decorated with tea party slogans showed up, provoking a tense shouting match between the driver and Democratic supporters.
Phrases like “We’re not taking it anymore!” and “You’re not an American!” were tossed back and forth between the factions.
An angry democrat ripped a flag off the tea party van, police arrived, and the rally went on. Murphy told the crowd it’s the Republicans who screwed up the economy.
“They make this mess, and then they turn around and say look at the Democrats. Yeah, we’re cleaning up their mess, then they have the audacity, the hutzpah, to complain about it.”
At a rally in Bristol later, Republicans spoke with swaggering confidence, anticipating a victory. Mike Fitzpatrick, whom Murphy unseated four years ago, promised he’ll be back.
“I’ll be sworn in with the new majority, fire speaker Pelosi, because Murphy’s gone, and Pelosi’s gone and Reid is gone, and in November 2012, Obama’s gone as well.”
Polls show the former adversaries running neck and neck.