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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.