PA-8: Bucks County Officials Back Naughton

Shaughnessy Naughton
Shaughnessy Naughton

Shaughnessy Naughton received a slew of endorsements from Bucks County politicians as she pursues the Democratic nomination in PA-8.

Over fifteen local officials voiced their support for the congressional candidate The most prominent among her new supporters is former state Commerce Secretary Norval Reece, who is now an activist in the county. Reece served under Governor Milton Shapp in the 1970s, and was also Shapp’s presidential campaign manager.

“I am pleased to announce my support for Shaughnessy Naughton for Congress based on experience, understanding of the key issues, and electability,” said Reece. “Her plans for economic growth and sustainable development for the Eighth District are well grounded, strong and innovative. Furthermore, she is the only candidate in the race with direct experience in the private sector in balancing a budget, meeting a payroll, and taking care of employees – something badly needed in Washington D.C.

Ruth Foster, and environmental scientist and committeewoman in Buckingham Township, praised Naughton’s understanding of ecological issues.

“Shaughnessy gets it when it comes to the environment. She’s not a career politician, she’s a trained scientist. Instead of looking for short-term fixes that do not address the larger problem of energy dependence and carbon emissions, Shaughnessy wants to invest in our future.”

Naughton declared, “I am excited to work with all of my new supporters in my fight on behalf of middle class families.”

“I am thrilled to have the backing of so many people from across the District. Bucks and Montgomery County voters are sick of the status quo and are ready for a real leader who is not afraid to stand up to special interests. I vow to put my understanding of balancing short term sacrifice with long term growth to use in Washington. I think that most Eighth District families understand intuitively that we cannot cut our way to prosperity. I will push to invest in what matters: infrastructure and new technology.”

Naughton and Kevin Strouse are competing to challenge Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) for his House seat.

The endorsements are a welcome sight for the Naughton campaign, where Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) pick Strouse has done very well in the past months with endorsements from UFCW Local 1776, Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia and PeacePAC.

 

16 Responses

  1. Fitzpatrick destroyed Boockvar because she was a horrible candidate and ran a worse campaign. She lost by double digits in a presidential year and lagged every other race. If not for the presidential gotv she would have lost by 18%

    Jordan, you know nothing about politics.

  2. @ Jordan.

    Yes. Because of throwaway internet comment, I’m transphobic.

    More to the point, you’re not actually interested in engaging other people in constructive dialogue. You’re interested in yelling as loud as you can and insulting people who disagree with you.

    I was pointing out, simply, that you’re making a terrible argument in support of your candidate. If you want to make a better one, talk about Shaunessey is a better candidate, not about how Kevin Strouse is a guy so therefore don’t vote for him.

  3. And I say, we don’t have enough women representing PA in Congress. All we have is Allyson Schwartz, and even then, provided Strouse, Hugya, and Boyle or Leach get the nominations, that means we will have an all male delegation. That’s 17 out of 18 men in a state where gender is evenly split.

    If you don’t think there is a problem with sexism in politics, you are seriously delusional.

  4. @ Jordan

    You know nothing about campaigning or politics.

    The reason the DCCC pulled out is because Boockvar’s numbers were in the gutter after every round of polling they did. It’s common practice and a matter of economics.

    But its no surprise that you think just dumping loads and loads of money in will make a difference. Keep drinking the Kool-Aid.

  5. The only reason Fitz crushed Boockvar is because the Democratic machine pulled out. They could have won this fight, but the old boys network wouldn’t have it.

    It’s just sick to me that the Democrats CLAIM to be the party for women’s rights, yet they don’t practice it. Well, you know what, keep up with the old boys bullplop and you will see Democratic women like myself refusing to support your candidate, and thus, your candidate losing, because women are around half the population, and we are a group that doesn’t take kindly to condescending behavior.

  6. Actually, I happen to know for a fact she lives in the district, and grew up there.

    Strouse is a carpetbagger from Delco.

    And 13thDistrictDem, that is a VERY TRANSPHOBIC remark. Not all women have the same plumbing. There’s more to women than their reproductive system. I’d figure a Democrat would know better.

    -Jordan

  7. @clutch cargo:

    So, Shaughnessy Naughton lives in the district? This is news to me. Please provide proof of this. The last time I checked, she lived (and was registered to vote) in Philadelphia.

  8. @ Jordan

    Gender betrayal?

    Am I taking crazy pills or something? All I’m getting out of your comments is that Naughton should be elected because she is the only woman in the race. That is really a progressive way of approaching the situation.

    Fitzpatrick by 10.

  9. @Jordan

    So Ms. Naughton’s primary qualification for office is the type of reproductive system she happens to have? You’re certainly making a strong case for her. I can see that being a compelling argument for most Bucks County voters, particularly in a competitive fall election against a Republican incumbent who just beat a female challenger last year by give or take 12 points.

  10. Fitz beats Strouse the hand picked Pelosi Candidate by 13 points.

    Naughton would lose by 7 points.

    No one ever accused Marseglia or Davis of being smart women.

  11. Wrong, I believe that voters and partisan organizations need to practice gender based affirmative action. Shaughnessy has her qualifications, so does Strouse. That being said, women are proven to be better working in groups, and I think it’s time for the testosterone in both Congress and the PA legislature to be lowered. Tina Davis’s decision smacks of gender betrayal.

  12. @ Jordan

    Supporting a woman just because a woman does nothing to advance equality…it perpetuates sexism.

    But back to the topic, Naughton and Strouse are playing tit for tat right now. Neither one of them stands a chance against Fitzpatrick.

  13. Unbelievable!

    Look at all the Democrats in Bucks County who have joined the tirade against Ms. Naughton, who at least lives in Bucks County.

    They obviously have no respect for a home-grown self-made woman like Shaughnessy.

    I guess they like having the DCCC shove Strouse-the-Outsider down their throats.

  14. Diane Marseglia, Tina Davis, several union endorsements, and the DCCC support Kevin Strouse because he is THE candidate best qualified to defeat Fitzpatrick. SN may be a nice, gentle lady, capable of monitoring a petri dish, but beating Fitzie and the sleezy Republican Party of Bucks County is going to take the intelligence, endurance and strength of Kevin Strouse.

  15. Good job, Shaughnessy, though I must say, I am disappointed that Tina Davis would betray her own type by supporting the man of the race. I believe that we need more women in this race.

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