Be among the first to use our new Common Ground Scorecard! Before you vote, see how your candidates rate at finding common ground.

How are points earned?

1. Official Performance (30 points)

  1. Legislators: Bipartisan bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship
  2. Executives: Bipartisan job approval
  3. Candidates without congressional or gubernatorial service: Predictive estimate by statistical modeling

2. Personal Actions (30 points)

  1. Public conversation across political differences
  2. Joining an official from the opposing party for a visit of their district
  3. Membership in a common ground focused caucus (Only U.S. House)

3. Communication (20 points +/-)

  1. Promoting common ground (+)
  2. Insulting political opponents (-)

4. Commitments (20 points)

  1. I will identify and set aside personal biases.
  2. I will commit to seek agreement, progress, and solutions.
  3. I will listen first to learn perspectives and experiences.
  4. I will not assume, but seek to understand motives and intentions.
  5. I will seek outcomes all can live with but not compromise principles.
  6. I will accept that good people may disagree.
  7. I will use and accept facts.
  8. I will stay respectful.
  9. I will resist demonizing.
  10. I will de-escalate hostile situations.

5. BONUS: Outstanding Common Grounder (+10 points)

  1. Awarded for common ground behavior or boldly champions common ground.
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The Maverick Matrix™ illustrates the degree to which an official seeks common ground relative to the partisan intensity of their constituents, meaning how strongly the area they represent favors one party over the other. The matrix is divided into four labeled quadrants:

  • Balancers: Balancing constituents more closely divided between the parties, this official is more of a Common Grounder.
  • Team Players: Consistent with a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • True Believers: Despite a constituency more closely divided between the parties, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • Mavericks: Despite a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is more of a Common Grounder. Such officials are most commendable in our view.
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Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1 - R)

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Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1 - R)

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Commentary

Championed common ground by co-authoring an op-ed with Democratic Congressman Tom Suozzi. Maximum credit for Official Performance. Affirmed Common Grounder Commitments. Member of the Problem Solvers Caucus and Civility and Respect Caucus. "This Congress can, and must, play a part in restoring the civility and respect that makes productive dialog possible. I'm not saying we'll agree on everything, but a spirit of mutual understanding, mutual respect and mutual cooperation is the bedrock of making our government and our communities work." "When you have that mentality that everyone's going to be bringing something unique and different to the table and respect that and cherish that, it just leads to a very different tone." "Instead of focusing on areas of disagreement, let's focus on goodwill and compromise where we can find common ground." "I understand there are differences between Democrats and Republicans, but on the issues where there is common ground, we must move forward together." "In order to truly fix the system, we must build bridges, restore people's faith in the system, and bring America together."

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