Rendell endorses Naughton in House race

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.

UPDATE: "Kevin has the support of 10 labor organizations and dozens of local elected officials in Bucks and Montgomery counties, including State Representative Tina Davis and County Commissioner Diane Marseglia," the Strouse campaign responded. "Voters in the eighth District want a proven leader and problem solver like Kevin who is committed to improving education and growing an economy that provides economic opportunity for everyone."

The primary is Tuesday.

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