Skip to comments.GOP Congressman's Daughter Tweeted About Contraception, Media Descends
Posted on 03/06/2012 6:12:16 AM PST by NYer
A pro-life Congressman in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood has six children, one of whom tweeted that she was picking up contraception at Planned Parenthood.
Now the media, which is currently, obsessed with lecturing conservatives on civility in the discussion of contraception and religious liberty, is descending and dragging the Congressman's daughter into the spotlight.
Roll Call's "Heard on the Hill" column reports:
Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R) has six kids, and HOH has a favorite! Her name is Maggie Fitzpatrick, and she’s a young co-ed and a prolific tweeter without a filter.This is pretty unconscionable by the media.
Her tweets chronicle the life of an average upper-middle-class college girl, which is only made fascinating because she is a Congressman’s daughter. Her feed includes your standard tweets: underage drinking in the Capitol, being annoyed by activists while trying to pick up her birth control at Planned Parenthood — just a few among hundreds.
On Jan. 5, 2011, Maggie’s dad and the rest of the 112th Congress was sworn in to office. Fitzpatrick and his buddy Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) decided to take the oath via television, rather than trek from the Capitol Visitor Center to the House floor.
It was an embarrassing incident for Fitzpatrick and Sessions, but another embarrassing incident was happening at the same time!
Maggie, not yet 21, twittered at 4:08 p.m, “if ya havent noticed im drunk. and in the capital. this might end terrible.”
If we hadn’t noticed in 2011, we certainly took note in 2012, when an older and wiser Maggie tweeted at her friend: “haha that awkward moment when your drunk in the capital building at a swearing in + your being judged #congressmansdaughterproblems.”
Maggie ran into more problems last October.
“[P]rotest outside of planned parenthood right now,” she tweeted. “[C]razy people yelling at me about abortion, I just want my birth control #backthef—off.”
Fitzpatrick, by the way, voted last year to curtail federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
It’s not exactly a case of a congressman’s daughter gone wild, but Margaret Rose Fitzpatrick hasn’t been toeing the line of her conservative Catholic upbringing at college, according to her rather salty Twitter feed...Mike Fitzpatrick has asked the media to allow his daughter to have a private life.
Maggie, for reasons only Maggie knows, went public with the nose-thumbing, creating fodder for her father’s critics and political gossip hounds. This can’t be easy for a man who fosters the notion the Fitzpatricks are a picture-perfect family, trotting his very bright, very attractive kids out for campaigns and public events.
Within 20 minutes of most any conversation I’ve ever had with the congressman on any subject, he reminds me he has six children to whom he and their mother are devoted.
He has very proudly parented in public when the parenting was easy. “Meet my daughter Maggie,” he would say as she stood dutifully by his side at the polls.
Parenting her in public now is a whole other thing.
A condition often referred to as ‘butter face’
Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick’s daughter is a Baby Killer.
The Congressman and his family must be devastated.
I’m with you on the religious ed. My kids go to the classes, but ultimately their faith formation is up to us as parents. And you can tell that my kids definitely have more commitment and knowledge than their other Catholic friends. (No guarantees that it will stick, but the odds are better.)
Hard to believe that this poor catechesis is 40 years old now. That there are still young people in Church is a testimony to the power of the Spirit.
It’s good that you’re not leaving teaching to the pros. I recommend getting a subscription to Catholic Answers magazine. My 16-yr-old daughter loves it.
I'm beginning to wonder if this whole story is some sort of hoax.
Congressmen (and by extension their children) have THE BEST HEALTH CARE PLAN IN THE WORLD.
Are we supposed to believe that this young woman isn't able to go to a private physician to prescribe the Pill? And are we then supposed to believe that her insurance won't pay for her to have the prescription filled at a pharmacy?
This girl has NO REASON to go to Planned Parenthood, if she is it is being done to embarrass her father AND push the left's agenda.
You are right. Journalists should be ashamed of their dishonesty and double standards.
I don’t disagree with you, but most “tweeting” is simply juvenile.
I agree that there is a double standard.
She does sound like a twit—who doesn’t want her friends to hate her because she’s got a GOP conressman as a father.
She does sound like a twit—who doesn’t want her friends to hate her because she’s got a GOP congressman as a father.
There are no perfect families.
As I recall, President Reagan had a daughter that was a constant source of embarrassment for him. It happens sometime that good parents have rebellious children.
I wonder though, if they are funding her college and cellphone bills and if so, why they continue to do so for a girl who insists on behaving in a way contrary to their values.
Twitter is a public forum and there is no expectation of privacy. If he is frustrated and wishes this to end, he will have to cut the funds for her cellphone.
Fitzpatrick is another liar and fraud like Snottorum, Chris Smith and the rest of the pro-life bunch that voted to appropriate Title X money yearly and increasing it during the Bush administration. Wake up everyone and stop drinking the Kool-Aid.