Washington – Today the Blue Dog Coalition announced Congressman Wiley Nickel (NC-13) as its newest member. Rep. Nickel is the third freshman Democrat to join the Blue Dog Coalition in recent months, growing the group’s membership to 10.
“Since its inception, the Blue Dog Coalition has consistently been at the forefront of finding pragmatic, bipartisan policy solutions on important issues facing the American people,” said Rep. Nickel. “I look forward to working under the leadership of co-chairs Golden, Gluesenkamp Perez, and Peltola and with my Blue Dog Coalition colleagues to deliver common sense solutions for the people of North Carolina’s 13th District.”
Two weeks ago the Blue Dog Coalition approved its leadership for the 118th Congress, with Rep. Jared Golden (ME-02), Rep. Mary Peltola (AK-AL), and Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) serving as Blue Dog Co-Chairs. Read More
CENTRIST DEMOCRATS BACK GRAY, RAMIREZ, SALAS
Washington, DC – Today, the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition PAC announced its first round of candidate endorsements for the 2022 cycle. The Blue Dogs, who represent the commonsense center of the U.S. House of Representatives, have been leading efforts to support candidates across the country who are committed to putting policy before partisan politics and working across the aisle in the best interest of the American people.
Endorsed candidates include:
“Rather than being blindly ideological or beholden to any one party’s leadership, these candidates are independent-minded individuals who are committed to serving a diverse constituency,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy. Read More
Roll Call: Meet the Challengers Who Outraised House IncumbentsOctober 18, 2017
Roll Call highlights fundraising success for Blue Dog PAC endorsed candidates:
Nearly one year out from the 2018 midterms, challengers outraised nearly 30 percent of the incumbents in competitive races during the third quarter.
Sixteen Republican incumbents in competitive races raised less than their Democratic challengers during the third quarter.
New York Democrat Anthony Brindisi raised nearly twice what freshman GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney raised in the 22nd District. Brindisi, also in his first full quarter, raised $413,000. Tenney only raised $213,000 — less than the $305,000 she raised during the previous quarter.
In Illinois’ 12th District, Democrat Brendan Kelly outraised GOP Rep. Mike Bost by about $97,000.
The Hill: Moderate Blue Dogs see new influence over Dem recruitmentSeptember 21, 2017
The Hill reports:
Moderate Democrats in the Blue Dog Coalition are endorsing a slate of candidates Thursday in Republican-leaning districts, as they look to put their mark on the party’s 2018 midterm push.
The group has been working hand-in-glove with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on recruiting candidates, a departure from previous years when moderates found themselves kicked to the curb by the House Democratic campaign arm.
As Democrats look at an expanded battlefield that includes 24 GOP-held House districts won by Hillary Clinton in November, Blue Dogs believe their expanded seat at the Democratic campaigning table will help to broaden the party’s appeal to include more moderate voters.
The National Journal writes:
As House Democrats start their fourth consecutive Congress in the minority, the moderate bloc of the caucus appears to be staging a comeback.
The party’s two centrist coalitions, the Blue Dogs and New Democrats, are reporting a boost in membership for the 115th Congress, with slightly fewer than half of the incoming freshman Democrats joining their ranks.
Leaders of the groups are touting the increase as a promising sign for the party as it struggles to win back economy-minded voters in swing seats. And some members hope to leverage their numbers into a larger strategic role in preparations for the midterms.