PA-8: Naughton Profiled in Atlantic Magazine

Shaughnessy-NaughtonIn case you haven’t noticed, the nation’s scientists and America’s new President haven’t exactly gotten started off on the best foot. Trump is scrubbing climate change from government web pages while environmentalists subtweet the Tweeter-in-Chief.

As a result, Ed Yong of Atlantic Magazine wrote about science-affiliated political organizations including Shaughnessy Naughton’s 314 PAC.

Naughton, of course, ran for the PA-8 Democratic nomination in 2014 and 2016. The first time she came close but fell far behind in her second attempt.

While the rumor is that she’ll try and see if the third time’s the charm, she doesn’t address that issue in the Atlantic piece and a source close to Naughton dismissed the notion.

Nonetheless, she notes that her PAC is focused on convincing more scientists to run for office.

“Partly, we’re making the case for why they should run—and Donald Trump is really helping us with that,” she told Yong. “Then, we’re showing them how to run, and introducing them to our donor network.”

“A lot of scientists traditionally feel that science is above politics but we’re seeing that politics is not above getting involved in science,” added Naughton. “We’re losing, and the only way to stop that is to get more people with scientific backgrounds at the table.”

The 8th Congressional District represents all of Bucks County as well as parts of upper Montgomery County.

21 Responses

  1. this is a better endeavor than running for office. But I do not know how factually based scientific perspectives compete in the alternative facts universe.

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  3. Brad Kirsch, not just another pretty face! I loved those lawn signs. (Seriously, those were great).

  4. Shaughnessy is free to run. She has done this twice. My problem with her about her running and then attempting to run for another office that was decided in the Primary could be forgiven if and when I believe she is able to carry a platform and not be destructive to the process.
    That is a real mistake she made.

    We have primaries and that is when the people who are the rank and file get a chance to pick the candidate. Money flows to the winners of primaries but the energy to get elected must, and most especially now be given to those most able to carry out the party platforms.

    Steve may run again. Brian Fitzpatrick may have to become a democrat if he pursues the balance he is trying to convince us he is about. I am sure that his parsing of issues is not ingratiating him within the rank and file of his tea party driven primary electors.

    We have no time for heroes and the most dangerous falsity is for people to believe that we can just run people to win who have not presented an understanding and ability to run and win and then really fight the issues in our congress!

    We from all sides must elect those who have a purpose and an ability of legislating those needs that the people are convinced, by their own needs, they need in Bucks County.

    I am often off-put by the silly comments of would be Art Buchwald’s who, if they really had talent, would use their real names and stop going personal at people because of their looks. Hey, pardon me I am not just another pretty face! I once had a beard.

    Dave Leopold is a good man who is of good character and chooses to be who he is. And he is very talented. Shaughnessy and Steve are good people. Good people have differences. We also have other talented people who could run making a name for themselves as we discuss 2018.

    Who but a bully would allude to his appearance instead of his commitment to his community and arts in order to discredit his opinion?

    At least all of our candidates are willing to face the public and the primary gauntlet of their own parties without name calling and juvenile attempts to discredit others.

    As an elected Democratic Committee member I am proud to engage in serious dialogue and let others do the same. This is a disclaimer because one of the contributors using this page “outed me” as if I were hiding this fact!

    Geest, I thought after over 25 years of active politics in this region and almost 58 years of being politically involved I was already a known commodity!

    I believe that we need all to run and that we must respect the rights of others to post without the personal BS. But, hey, this is still America and Trump is still PO’d about losing the vote so much so that he seems willing to spend our tax money on his ego rather than acting to build and reform our healthcare. Note: I refrained from any references to his appearance!

  5. @ David Leopold by “no business running” – strange comment if you’re referring to her, the candidate who was born and raised in Bucks (and not Jersey like Santar-zero), who raised more money and had tons of local support (not just party-insider/pressured committee support). The DCCC should’ve backed her to begin with, there’s no doubt she would’ve won or come much closer. Nobody was impressed by the millionaire career politician – and the proof was in the pudding.

  6. I encourage her and democrats of all viewpoints to compete in this primary. Brian Fitzpatrick will have to survive a primary challenge of his own if he continues to be a voice of reason in that joke of a party.

  7. But David, you’re wrong. I have wandered Middle Earth for thousands of years. Also, please give me my staff and hat back!

  8. I see that you resort to personal attacks because you don’t argue the position. You should grow up.

  9. She was a terrible candidate. If she had any ability to campaign—and I heard her try (and fail) many times to articulate why she was running—she should have won the primary the first time. The second time she had no business running and she ran a bad, nasty campaign. the only thing her pac has done is support her.

  10. great candidate. it’s a shame the DCCC was dumb enough to back two of the least inspiring candidates in 14/16 in a swing district

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