Dedicated demonstrators gathered outside of Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s office in Middletown for the 35th straight Fridays Without Fitzpatrick event.
The biting cold was unable to keep the regular protesters from gathering outside the office and making their voices heard. As a bonus for the demonstrators, Rachel Reddick, the Democrat running for congress next year, appeared to speak before the crowd and announce an upcoming tour through the Eighth Congressional District.
“It’s very nice to be out here with you guys who have been out and doing this for so long,” Reddick said, beginning her remarks.
To address the anxieties of the group of Democrats, Reddick assured the assembly that she will always be available to constituents. To drive this point home, Reddick announced an upcoming “listening tour,” where she will make her way throughout the district meeting with voters and listening to their concerns.
After giving brief remarks, Reddick held one-on-one conversations with attendees. These brief introductions gave attendees concrete answers to questions about the candidate’s stances.
When asked about the president’s rhetoric involving the media, Reddick expressed a need to keep the first amendment strong.
“We need to make sure that the first amendment is protected by both the president and by congress,” she said.
Although so far unopposed in the upcoming Democratic primary contest, Bucks County Democrats have been whispering about a possible primary challenger for Reddick, who said that she and her team are already looking towards the long term.
“I think making sure that the people of this district have a representative that they can talk to is leaps and bounds above where we stand now,” Reddick said.
When it comes down to it, accessibility will be an important factor in the race, Reddick said.
Event organizers were also encouraged by Reddick’s apparent tendency to be open to discussion.
“I am super excited about Reddick in terms of accessibility,” said Kierstyn Zolfo, one of the organizers of the events.
Reddick told reporters she will be returning to future Fridays Without Fitzpatrick events.