A choked yellow dog?

The Hill reports that Nick Lampson and Henry Cuellar are two of 8 House Democrats trying to get accepted to the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate Democrats who only have 5 spots open.

Reps. Bart Gordon (Tenn.), Zack Space (Ohio), Chris Carney (Pa.), Harry Mitchell (Ariz.), Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.), Nancy Boyda (Kan.), Henry Cuellar (Texas) and Nick Lampson (Texas) are competing for the five remaining slots. The winners will be announced next week.

The Blue Dogs are a select group. They amended their bylaws earlier this year to limit membership to 47 lawmakers. Lawmakers need to have a sponsor who is already a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, write an essay, and interview before a panel of five lawmakers.

Most of that group is freshmen or sophomores, so I'm not that familiar with them. Obviously, quite a few of those Democrats certainly want to join the group so that they can claim to be Blue Dogs during their next campaign.

One would assume Cuellar would get in. Given what I know of the remainder, I'd give Lampson an outside shot.

Posted by Evan @ 05/30/07 02:08 PM


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