Kevin Strouse has never run for public office, but you couldn’t tell it from his quarterly fundraising totals.
He raised in $253,766 from the time he announced his candidacy in early April through the end of June according to his campaign. He has approximately $218,000 on hand.
“Our campaign is off to a strong start, thanks to the help of our hard working supporters,” said campaign manager Justin Lamorte. “It’s clear that Kevin’s track record as a public servant and bipartisan problem solver makes him the right choice for Pennsylvania’s 8th District.”
Strouse hopes to oust Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks).
By way of comparison, the last time a Democratic challenger knocked off a Republican incumbent in the 8th district was Patrick Murphy in 2006.
At this point in the 2006 cycle, in his first fundraising report in July 2005, Murphy raised $90,098 and had just under $79K cash on hand. He was also a first-time candidate.
Strouse has received strong backing from the party establishment in Washington DC as well as from Murphy – support crucial for his strong fundraising showing. He was named one of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Jumpstart” candidates in early May and held a fundraiser with DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (D-NY) in June.
A U.S. Army veteran who recently completed service at the CIA, Strouse, 33, moved to lower Bucks earlier this year.
He faces a primary opponent in Shaughnessy Naughton, a businesswoman from Doylestown. She announced a few weeks after Strouse, about halfway through the fundraising quarter.
Strouse’s fundraising puts pressure on Naughton, lest he establish himself as the de facto Democrat in the race. Based on past precedent, a successful challenge to Fitzpatrick will cost at least $2 million.
PoliticsPA is seeking fundraising numbers from Naughton as well as Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick raised $301,000 and had $275,000 on hand at the end of the first quarter. He’s been identified by national Democrats as a top target in 2014.
Keegan Gibson contributed to this report.