PA-8: Santarsiero Contends He’s Locked Up Bucks Dems Endorsement

santarsieroThe Bucks County Democratic Committee is months away from their nominating convention, but State Rep. and PA-8 candidate Steve Santarsiero is convinced he already has their endorsement locked up.

A BCDC endorsement requires the support of 60% of all attending committee people. The Santarsiero team says they have obtained commitments from sixty percent of the total membership.

“I started my political involvement as a Democratic committeeperson here in Bucks County,” Santarsiero said. “So it means a lot to me to have so many hard working Democrats supporting our campaign. They are the backbone of our party and I’m looking forward to working together to win in 2016.”

“Steve has been a leader in Bucks County and the region for over 20 years,” added campaign manager Gabrielle Quintana Greenfield. “He is the only candidate in this race with a record of winning in tough, swing districts, and with the support of Bucks County Democrats, Steve will turn this seat from Red to Blue.”

The party did not endorse a candidate in 2014 when Kevin Strouse ran against Santarsiero’s current opponent Shaughnessy Naughton.

“Shaughnessy Naughton has strong grassroots support in the district, unsurpassed fundraising support and big momentum in this race,” Naughton campaign spokesman Erik Polyak responded.

The 8th district consists of all of Bucks County as well as parts of upper Montco.

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  1. Would not surprise me. Santarsiero has a long history with Bucks Democrats, starting at least as a candidate for Commissioner in 2007 and his first State Rep campaign in 2008.

    That said, the last time we had county endorsement fights I think it was Trivedi-Pike in 2010. Chester, Montco, and Berks all went for Trivedi by fairly large numbers. And Trivedi eeked it out in the primary before getting smoked in the general.

    So I think if he got the Bucks endorsement, it would be good for his primary campaign. But it’s indicative of nothing for the general.

    Plus, there’s nothing to indicate *when* Santarsiero got these committee people pledges. If Naughton keeps beating him in the fundraising, will the CPs still stick with him?

    Also, shouldn’t he focus on things like raising money and contacting voters, rather than talking to insiders like PoliticsPA about what insiders like committee people are thinking?

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