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New Initiative To Help Scientists Run for Office

It’s founded by a former PA-08 candidate.

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Ally Mutnick
Jan. 18, 2017, 10:39 a.m.

A new ini­ti­at­ive called STEM the Di­vide “set up by the polit­ic­al ac­tion com­mit­tee 314 Ac­tion” launched this week with the goal of con­nect­ing “people with back­grounds in sci­ence, tech­no­logy, en­gin­eer­ing and math to the ex­pert­ise and funds needed to run a suc­cess­ful cam­paign.”

In­spired by EMILY’s List, the “pro­ject is par­tially mo­tiv­ated by worry over the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump … some of his Cab­in­et picks dis­pute the sci­entif­ic con­sensus on cli­mate change, vac­cines and oth­er is­sues.”

The founder is a former PA-08 can­did­ate Shaugh­nessy Naughton (D), who lost to state Rep. Steve Santar­siero (D) in the 2016 primary and Army vet­er­an Kev­in Strouse (D) in 2014 primary. Those nom­in­ees lost to Rep. Bri­an Fitzpatrick (R) and former Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R), re­spect­ively, in the gen­er­al elec­tions. “Some of the donors already in line are people who con­trib­uted to Naughton’s con­gres­sion­al cam­paigns. Oth­er con­nec­tions will come from ad­visers, such as Penn State cli­mate sci­ent­ist Mi­chael Mann and Demo­crat­ic polit­ic­al con­sult­ant Joe Trippi.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

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