Across South, Blue Dog Democrats in Election Peril

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA (AP) -- Blue Dog Democrats have found themselves in tough races across the South, caught between their party's leadership and angry voters sympathetic to Republicans.

Of the 20 Blue Dog lawmakers in the South, 14 are considered to be in competitive elections. Three additional caucus members are stepping down, which triggered open races for their seats.

Most of the socially and fiscally conservative Blue Dogs are running as moderates, candidates who span the divide between Republicans and Democrats.

In North Carolina, Democratic Reps. Heath Shuler and Mike McIntyre are struggling to shake ads accusing them of following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's agenda. Democratic Reps. Jim Marshall and Sanford Bishop are in close races in Georgia, while Alabama's Bobby Bright is trying to distance himself from Pelosi to win re-election.

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  • by Luke Location: Crawfordville on Nov 1, 2010 at 05:03 AM
    Blue dog, Pelosi lap dog, or just bad dog-- this dog (Boyd) won't be hunting these North Florida hill much longer!!
  • by Cheryl Location: Florida on Oct 30, 2010 at 07:08 PM
    Youare so right Michael. Nancy Puklosi needs to go as well.
  • by James on Oct 29, 2010 at 03:45 PM
    Bye-bye Allen Boyd !
  • by Johnny Location: The South on Oct 29, 2010 at 02:51 PM
    The primary reason that these so called "Blue Dogs" are in trouble is because they stopped being true Southern Democrats. They long ago abandoned the original principles set forth by Jefferson and Jackson: a small National Government, conservative fiscal responsibility & protection of Constitutional Rights. By this abandonment, they have forgotten the working middle class folks they claimed to represent in favor of those who favor a redistribution of wealth via social schemes. So should it really come as a surprise that the South is now finally rejecting them?
  • by Michael Location: thomasville on Oct 29, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    that's because most of them aren't "blue dogs" they are nancy's lap dogs
  • by Larry Buck Location: Tallahassee on Oct 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    Moderate to Conservative Democrats who followed Pelosi's lead richly deserve to lose for the harm they have done to our country.
  • by mad-voter on Oct 29, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    Blue Dogs?? What a joke. They all turned into Pukelosi's lap dogs when it came down to the vote on OweBummerCare. Allen Boyd went all over his district telling people he would not support it and then the night before the vote he flipped and voted for it. The good news is that it looks like he is going to pay for it come next Tuesday.
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