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Demonstrators Present Congressman With Gift Basket

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To commemorate the holiday season and Christmas in particular, demonstrators met outside of Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s Middletown office Friday.

The Friday Without Fitzpatrick group, having been moved from their regular assembly directly outside the office building at Summit Trace, brought tidings of their dissatisfaction to the congressman’s door step.

The group assembled a gift basket filled with gag gifts including an umbrella to protect him from trickle down economics and a copy of the constitution “because he has apparently forgotten parts of it,” said demonstration organizer Kierstyn Zolfo.

“He didn’t listen, and he didn’t vote against [tax reform], and he is going to be held accountable in November,” said organizer Steve Cickay.

Renee Donahey, a regular at the protests, believes in a large government that helps people who need it. From this perspective, he is unhappy with Fitzpatrick and his decisions while in office.

“The government’s purpose is to protect people, sometimes against big business,” Donahey explained.

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“It’s like an assault on people who have less, and I don’t understand why we have to be so mean,” he went on, referencing legislation that would raise taxes on many within several years and change certain aspects of Obamacare.

“He bills himself as the independent voice, but when push comes to shove, he votes with the party every time,” said Steve Bacher, a regular demonstration attendee.

“I think groups like this are being mobilized around the country,” Cickay said.

Fitzpatrick’s staffers accepted the gift basket.

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Erich Martin attended Bucks County Community College for two years where he was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Centurion, the college newspaper. Erich is currently attending Temple University in order to complete his degree in Journalism. Erich was recognized at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards in 2014 for general news. In downtime, Erich enjoys spending time with friends and family. Aside from spending time with family and reporting news, Erich loves getting engrossed in a great game, book, or movie.