Democratic candidate Shaughnessy Naughton received the endorsement of the Philadelphia Inquirer this morning in her race to represent Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District.
While the editorial praised both Democratic candidates, the Inquirer ultimately decided to throw its support behind Naughton.
“Two qualified candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Bucks County Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania’s most competitive congressional district,” they begin. “To their credit, both have waged civilized campaigns focused on their resumés and the issues.”
“Kevin Strouse’s background as an Army Ranger and CIA analyst suggests relevant experience in national security matters. But scientist and businesswoman SHAUGHNESSY NAUGHTON‘s grasp of a broad range of issues would make her a better match for Fitzpatrick in the fall,” the editorial board contends. “So would the Plumstead Township native’s roots in the district compared with Strouse, who moved to Bensalem last year.”
The Inquirer notes Naughton personal history as a chemist, asserting that Congress needs more candidates with a scientific background. They also back her efforts to push for the disclosure of the chemicals used in natural gas drilling.
“Naughton is cut from the middle-class cloth of the Eighth District, and she has the experience and ideas to represent it well in Washington,” they conclude.
“This endorsement is demonstrative of the momentum our grassroots campaign has been building since I began running for Congress last year,” Naughton responded. “My focus on middle-class growth and protecting our drinking water is resonating with voters throughout the Eighth District. I know this district as well as Mike Fitzpatrick, which is why I’m the best choice to be a fierce advocate for our shared middle-class values if given the chance to take him on in the fall.”
The Inquirer is the first newspaper to endorse in the race and is a notable presence in Bucks, one of Philly’s famed “collar counties”. It should be pointed out, though, that the 8th district no longer contains any part of Philadelphia. The Eighth is made up of all of Bucks County and parts of Upper Montgomery County. The major papers in those areas have yet to formally back any candidate.
Naughton and Strouse are battling to take on Republican incumbent Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick.