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.
The Hill: Democrats need to be ‘big tent’ partyApril 21, 2017
The Hill writes,
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Friday said Democrats need to be a “big tent” party amid clashes over whether candidates are sufficiently progressive enough to be backed by the national party.
“I think we have to have a big tent,” Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the Oversight panel and a frequent television presence for the party, said in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“Because it’s one thing to say, ‘OK, I don’t want to be bothered with these folks.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘Let’s pull them under the tent, so we can be effective and efficient in getting something done.’ Period.”
Cummings also talked about how conservative “Blue Dog” Democrats helped the party win legislative victories in the Obama years.
The Arizona Capitol Times writes,
U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who joined Biggs in a forum sponsored by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, said the original bill rolled out by House Speaker Paul Ryan, the American Health Care Act, was “bad.”
“It was basically Obamacare but worse,” she said.
Sinema, a member the moderate Blue Dog Coalition, said bipartisanship is the most effective way to pass health care reform.
“If (Ryan) wants to get something done, there is a group of Blue Dogs that are willing to do this,” Sinema said. “And we are fiscally conservative Democrats that are willing to find market-based solutions, and I think it would make a lot of sense for him to come and talk to us.”