Alex Entene has a big task ahead – convincing Republicans that he’s their man in Tuesday’s primary.
The 41-year-old husband and father of Northampton Township believes he has what it takes to win the 1st Congressional District, which covers all of Bucks County and part of Montgomery County. But first, he needs to win the primaries.
Entene, who supports President Donald Trump’s America First agenda, is facing off against incumbent Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, who has staked his reputation as a more centrist Republican.
For the 2022 election cycle through the last days of April, Entin raised $14,259.86 compared to $3.1 million for Fitzpatrick. Entin finished the month with $451.12 in the bank, while Fitzpatrick has nearly $1.4 million.
Out of the boxes, Fitzpatrick, a 48-year-old resident of Middletown Township, carries strong identifiers to his name and has a well-established brand in the area.
Enteyn said Fitzpatrick does not share his values and does not believe in what many Republicans do.
One of the motivating factors that drove Entin to run was Fitzpatrick’s vote on the 2021 infrastructure bill that would invest billions in Pennsylvania. Some Republicans felt that the bill was unbridled government spending and not focused on the traditional infrastructure projects they supported.
I reached out to the congressman to ask him not to vote on the infrastructure bill. I called him and sent him an email. I’ve never heard a response before but the only thing I got back is a message weeks later telling me what was on the bill after I voted for it. I felt like I was spat in my face because I could read what was on the bill. “What I needed him to do was not vote on the bill,” Enten said.
Entene said he feared Democrats and Republicans like Fitzpatrick would allow socialism into America. He said he sees indications of what he experienced as a child growing up in the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic.
With the expected cancellation of Roe v. Wade fronting the national conversation, Enten said he is pro-life and supports abortion laws decided by the states rather than the federal government.
“Ultimately, Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional because nothing in the Constitution allows the federal level to decide on it,” he said.
Anten said he was disappointed to see the draft resolution leaked earlier this month.
With inflation being another major issue, Enten said he would support more re-industrialization from abroad. He called for adding tariffs to US companies that manufacture items abroad.
Explaining his position, Enten said Americans need to become energy independent and cut federal spending to get the economy where it wants it.
The candidate said he would support government incentives to help increase the number of small businesses operating in the country.
“To be honest, I have to look at tax policy more to see what can be done, but we need the support of mom and pop companies to reopen,” he said.
If elected to Congress, Enten said he would require paper ID ballots, limit mail-in ballots, require more update of voter lists, and increase criminal penalties for election law violations.
Entene said he’s not entirely sure Biden will win the presidency.
In the wake of Trump’s loss in the 2020 election, the then-president and many of his prominent allies spread misinformation about the election result and got involved in an effort to nullify the results. Government officials and law enforcement found no widespread fraud in the 2020 elections, but that hasn’t stopped some from continuing to claim it.
“I’ve seen a lot of different things that have been brought to court, and every time there’s a case in court, it’s usually dismissed before we see the evidence. Why do we hide the opportunity to present evidence? Then we can say ‘Joe Biden won the presidency.’ Then we can clarify It’s for everyone.”
Enten said it is concerning that he feels that no full accounting of the 2020 elections has been taken.
When asked how he could be sure if his election would be fair if he still had concerns about the winner in 2020, he said he would monitor the count to make sure there was nothing to worry about.
Antene said he supports “medical freedom” and opposes vaccine mandates.
On his website, Enten called on states related to COVID-19 for “unlawful overreach” by the government.
“For me, my concern about vaccine mandates is that they create second-class citizens…it reminds me of Nazi Germany in the 1930s when Jews were given a patch they had to wear. That classed you as a second-class citizen, then if you had a patch you lost your job and your home, and then you ended up in a concentration camp,” he said.
Enten said vaccine authorizations were similar because people for whom vaccine authorizations were required to enter could not go to dinner or watch movies without showing evidence of their vaccination.
If elected, Enten said he would support School Choice, which allows parents to use tax dollars to fund charter schools, and would “remove all critical race theory” from schools.
With schools largely run by state and local government, Enten said he will use federal funding and school oversight to push the changes forward.
On immigration, Enten said he would push for more funding for border security and to declare cartels terrorist organizations. He said Trump’s border policy is the right one, including building a multi-billion dollar border wall.
Trump initially claimed that Mexico would pay for the construction of a border wall, but the ultimate cost fell on American taxpayers.
Enten said he felt the Biden administration wasted money that could have been used to build the wall further.
“Think about how much money we’re currently spending to let these people in, move them around, move them, living expenses,” he said.
Antin said he would not aim to raise taxes to fund construction of the wall. He said he would look at federal programs to see if money could be transferred to build a wall and border security.
In terms of healthcare, Entene may be looking to change the system to treat people rather than just keep them.
“I think what we have to do is motivate the drug companies to make sure that people don’t get sick and take pills for the rest of their lives,” he said.
Enten said he should do more research on health care policy and listen to the ingredients if there is to be a repeal of the current proposed health care law.
“It’s disappointing to see people staying in their jobs because of insurance and on top of that having to pay a deductible of $3,000,” he said. “We need to look into that.”
Enten said he supports Trump’s talk of lowering prescription drug costs.
When asked about federal legalization and decriminalization of marijuana, Enten said he needs to do more research and look at the states where it’s legal.
“We have to make sure that we don’t create any problems and see what the future looks like if we allow it,” he said.
In recent weeks, Fitzpatrick’s campaign has purchased advertisements called Entin “Putin’s Manchurian Candidate” and featured Soviet icons while playing a clip in which the candidate said Russia would not have invaded Ukraine if they had stayed on the fence.
The video ad also indicates that Entin did not vote in the election until recently.
What this does is create racial hatred. “We immigrated from Eastern European countries when we had the opportunity to move to the greatest country in the world, the United States,” Enten said, noting that he moved to America when he was 9 years old.
Enten said his heart went out to the people of Ukraine and America should continue to help the nation defend itself from the Russian invasion.
Enten said Fitzpatrick’s allegations were “defamatory” and noted that his wife was from Ukraine.
“We are stereotyped and sorted,” Enten said.
Enten said his signs that read “Fire Fitz” are nothing compared to Fitzpatrick’s ads, adding that his signs are based on messages from voters that the congressman needs to be fired because he thinks he’s not conservative enough for them.
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