PA-8: Naughton Prepping Campaign Announcement
Yesterday, we speculated about the impact Shaughnessy Naughton could have on the 2016 PA-8 race. It now looks like we’ll have the chance to see that scenario play out.
Sources tell PoliticsPA that Naughton will enter the race early next week.
A chemist and businesswoman, she ran for the Democratic nomination in 2014 against Kevin Strouse. A political rookie, Naughton surprised her DCCC-backed opponent and nearly won, falling just 817 votes short.
This time Naughton is reaching out to the DCCC. While the organization is set on not getting involved this time, she did meet with Chairman (and New Mexico Congressman) Ben Ray Lujan, as well as their recruitment team on a recent trip to Washington, D.C.
PoliticsPA has also learned that Naughton has already put together a campaign staff including finance and consulting teams.
State Representative Steve Santarsiero announced last month that he is getting into the race.
Update: NRCC Spokesman Chris Pack released the following response to Naughton’s impending candidacy:
“We look forward to local Democrats engaging in another heated and divisive primary to see who gets to limp into the general election with the task of defending the failed liberal agenda of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.”