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More Accusations Leveled At Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)

WASHINGTON, DC (CBS) — A government watchdog agency is questioning whether Bucks County congressman Michael Fitzpatrick broke House ethics laws by soliciting money in his invitation to his swearing-in reception.

Fitzpatrick was the focus of attention on the House floor on Friday when House Republicans had to correct his first-day-on-the-job gaffe by nullifying votes that were cast before he was officially sworn in.

Fitzpatrick (right) and Texas congressman Pete Sessions (left) were greeting Fitzpatrick supporters on Wednesday afternoon while their colleagues were officially being sworn in on the House floor.

Retracting their votes did not affect any outcomes.

Meanwhile, the Sunlight Foundation is questioning whether ethics laws were broken.

A Fitzpatrick spokesman says the event inside the Capitol was free and not a fundraiser and the money was for campaign-provided buses to DC.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060.

  • katsugar

    In a few short weeks Bucks County has been taken from the Height of achievement of Congressman Murphy’s bill to repeal DADT was signed into law to the Height of embarrassment of Congressman Fitzpatrick’s blowing off his swearing in favor of self aggrandizement.
    Fitzpatrick is no freshman, he has been in Congress before and has spent his entire adult life in the Bucks County Political machine of Harry Fawkes.
    As Yogi Berra once “It’s Deja Vu all over again!

  • Junilu

    Yes he did serve prior to Patrick Murphy. His priorities are clearly out of balance, and frankly it is not a good first impression of his service.

  • Big Daddy

    Itz, you do not know what your talking about.

    • itz

      uh, like he wasn’t a house member 4 yeears ago? i think so! Before Patrick Murphy.

  • itz

    Fitzpatrick is a veteran of the House, having served there before. He knows the rules, no excuses for him.

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