According to Gary Weckselblatt of the Intelligencer, State Representative Scott Petri is launching an exploratory committee for a 2016 run.
There is still no word from Bucks native and former Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, though many doubt he’ll enter the election.
Meanwhile, Petri spoke a bit to the editorial board of the Bucks County Courier-Times yesterday.
The State Rep. revealed that he has reached out to Congressman Fitzpatrick but not the party chairwoman Pat Poprik.
“I think I would be disappointed if she tried to clear the field for anyone, including myself,” Petri said. “We do allow committee people to have a say in determining what the primary field should be. To have any chairman decide is not respectful of the committee person’s viewpoint.”
Petri also talked a bit about both Democratic candidates. Of his colleague State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, he talked about his respect for Santarsiero and said “he would be a formidable opponent.”
As for Shaughnessy Naughton, he was a bit less charitable stating that she is “very articulate. She presents herself well.”
The 8th Congressional District encompasses all of Bucks County as well as part of Upper Montgomery County.