The Blue Dog Coalition endorsed a slate of five Democratic Congressional challengers today.
The coalition, which has faced a spate of retirements in recent months, backed state Rep. Leonard Bembry in Florida’s 2nd district, state Rep. Clark Hall in Arkansas’ 1st district, Army veteran Brendan Mullen in Indiana’s 2nd district, state Rep. Ted Vick in South Carolina’s 7th district and former U.S. Attorney Rob Wallace in Oklahoma’s 2nd district.
“The American people are tired of the gridlock in Washington that has been created by the extremes of the right and left,” Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), the co-chairman of the Blue Dog PAC, said in a statement. “They want mature leadership capable of solving problems. That’s who the Blue Dogs are, and that’s why these candidates actively sought our endorsement. They know what the Blue Dog brand represents and wanted to share in it.”
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.