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Offbeat, Unlikely PA House Candidate Earns Harrisburg Patriot-News Endorsement

Two months ago, We Party Patriots wrote about Gene Stilp, a lifelong political activist running for Congress against Tea Party incumbent Rep. Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania’s 11th District. The campaign represents the ultimate concerned citizen vs. establishment ideologue in the age of big money campaign.

See, Stilp refused to accept donations over $2,500 as well as corporate donations. In 2012, this is essentially the equivalent of campaigning with one arm tied behind your back.

The candidate, known for his use of props and wit, has made the race a nailbighter. Traveling the sprawling 11th District in his campaign tour bus (named “pignelope”), Stilp has taken his message directly to the people and has generated positive response including an endorsement from AFSCME and an on-stage endorsement from singer Jackson Browne.

Because his grassroots funds cannot match the dark money war chest his opponent Lou Barletta has access to, Stilp took to YouTube with the following video showing he can “take the heat.”

Last week, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the region’s largest newspaper, endorsed Stilp. Their words reflect the hopes of the people whose lives he has touched along the campaign path:

While Stilp’s antics are offbeat, there is substance behind them. …

…We believe Stilp offers voters an opportunity to send a message to Washington with someone who is not only against the mess that is now Congress but is also someone who has proved over and over he is for good government.

That is why Gene Stilp has earned our endorsement. We understand there is a difference between being a political activist and a good congressional representative.

We think Stilp also understands that and has the potential to represent the district well and bring needed activism for good government to Washington.


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