Strouse's primary opponent, Shaugnessy Naughton, owner of a printing business in the district, also picked up a big endorsement this week:The campaign of Kevin Strouse announced Friday that they have received the support of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 7048. The Strouse campaign insisted that this represents the first labor endorsement of the Democratic primary race.
“I believe Kevin Strouse has what it takes to get this job done. We are proud to be the first labor organization to endorse his candidacy,” said APWU Local 7048 President Vince Tarducci.
“Protecting local jobs and helping our middle class families and seniors are the reasons I’m running for Congress. I am proud to receive APWU’s support and look forward to working with them throughout the campaign,” Strouse said. - Politics PA, 9/13/13
Both Strouse and Naughton make great candidates to go up against Tea Party Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R. PA-08) next year but the DCCC is backing Strouse. Strouse also has the support of VoteVets and former Congressman and fellow Iraq War Veteran Patrick Murphy (D. PA-08). Despite a gerrymandered map, the DCCC believes they can pick up this seat. Strouse has been killing it in fundraising. If you'd like to get involved with Strouse's campaign, you can click here:Naughton recently received endorsements from two groups aimed at increasing the number of women elected officials at all levels of government: the Women’s Campaign Fund and the Women Under Forty PAC.
“I’m proud to have the endorsements of these two influential organizations,” Naughton said in a statement. “I have been horrified by the political battle raging in Washington, D.C. over basic health care and the economic needs of women and families. It’s dumbfounding to watch Congress continually try to turn back the clock on women’s rights or say ‘no’ to common sense economic policies like equal pay for equal work.” - Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/12/13