In a statement, Kissell said, “I’ve always said I’m not much of a joiner, but I believe that a strong moderate presence is needed, and that’s why I have joined the Blue Dog Coalition.”
The Blue Dog Coalition has historically attracted Southern Democrats, who have used the group’s cachet to appeal to voters back home. Kissell faces a tough re-election in his Charlotte-based district this year. Roll Call named him among the 10 most vulnerable incumbents this election cycle.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.