Gwen Graham endorsed by fiscal conservative Dems in Blue Dog Coalition

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Congressional candidate Gwen Graham received the endorsement today of a group of independent minded Democrats known as the Blue Dog Coalition.

Formed in 1995, the Blue Dog Coalition is an official U.S. House of Representatives caucus consisting of 15 centrist Democrats who are committed to the country’s financial strength and national security.

Graham, daughter of former governor and Sen. Bob Graham faces U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland in the race for Florida’s Second Congressional District.

“Gwen’s experience bringing people together to solve difficult problems for the common good makes her a perfect fit for the Blue Dogs, and we are proud to give her our full endorsement today,” said Blue Dog co-chair U.S. Rep John Barrow from Georgia. “The Blue Dogs firmly believe that Members of Congress must be willing to sit down with the other side and bring an independent voice to the discussion. Gwen will do both of those things.”

The ranks of the Blue Dogs have dropped in recent years as moderate, fiscally conservative Democrats have become relatively rare in the House. Recently, the group brought on four new members for the current number of 15 legislators, a number far below the 50 members from four years ago.

 “I’m honored to receive the endorsement from the Blue Dog Democrats who share my commitment to North Florida values: fiscal conservatism, making government do more with less, and bringing folks together to solve problems that matter instead of focusing on issues that divide us,” Graham said in a statement.

“These are the kind of commonsense principles that my family and North Floridians practice in their lives every day — but they are sorely missing in Washington, and completely absent from the dysfunctional politics that Congressman Southerland practices,” she added. “I look forward to being a strong and vocal champion to bring North Florida’s bipartisan, problem solving values back to Congress.”

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