WASHINGTON -- Former Gov. Ed Rendell endorsed Shaughnessy Naughton heading into the final stretch of a tough Democratic Congressional primary in Bucks County.
The primary "has two excellent candidates" Rendell said in a statement, "However, I believe that Shaughnessy Naughton is the most qualified candidate and has the best chance to unseat Republican Mike Fitzpatrick in the fall."
Naughton's campaign released the statement in a fund-raising e-mail to supporters Wednesday. There was no formal press release or event.
Naughton, a businesswoman, is running against former Army Ranger Kevin Strouse for the Democratic nomination. Strouse has backing from national Democrats and has been the front-runner throughout the race and has the fund-raising edge, though political operatives predicted tightening polls in the campaign's final days, as is typical in most competitive races.