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Blue Dogs

C2 GROUP enjoys a close working relationship with the Blue Dog Coalition through the relationships that Jeff Murray and Tom Crawford have developed over the past ten years.  Jeff served as the first Executive Director for the Coalition, during his tenure as Chief of Staff to former Alabama Congressman Bud Cramer, a founding member of the Blue Dogs.  Last year, Jeff helped assemble, as a founding member, the Blue Dog Research Forum (BDRF), which was founded to provide a forum for the mainstream principles espoused by the Blue Dog movement.  The BDRF strives to approach the national debate with a commonsense perspective by focusing on constructive, evidence-based solutions and opinions to current federal issues.  Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of the Blue Dog Research Forum.

The Blue Dog Coalition has built a reputation as a serious player in the policy arena, promoting positions that bridge the gap between ideological extremes.  Many of the group’s policy proposals have been praised as fair, responsible and positive additions to a Congressional environment often marked as partisan and antagonistic.  It is in this arena where Jeff has helped to bring many client issues for consideration by the Coalition.

The twenty-six conservative and moderate Democrats in the group hail from every region of the country, although the group acknowledges some southern ancestry that accounts for the group’s name. Taken from the South’s longtime description of a party loyalist as one who would vote for a yellow dog if it were on the ballot as a Democrat, the “Blue Dog” moniker was taken by members of the Coalition because their moderate-to-conservative-views had been “choked blue” by their party in the years leading up to the 1994 election.

The Coalition was formed in the 104th Congress as a policy-oriented group to give conservative and moderate Democrats in the House of Representatives a commonsense, bridge-building voice within the institution.  Most agree that, since then, the Blue Dogs have successfully injected a moderate viewpoint into the Democratic Caucus.  In fact, the political success of new Blue Dog members in the 2004, 2006 and 2008 elections points to the public’s approval of the centrist, fiscally responsible message represented by the Coalition.

Blue Dog Leadership Team

Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Administration
Rep. John Barrow (GA-12), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy
Rep. Mike Ross (AR-04), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications
Rep. Dan Boren (OK-02), Blue Dog Whip

Blue Dog Members

Altmire, Jason (PA-04)
Baca, Joe (CA-43)
Barrow, John (GA-12)
Bishop, Sanford (GA-02)
Boren, Dan (OK-02)
Boswell, Leonard (IA-03)
Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18)
Chandler, Ben (KY-06)
Cooper, Jim (TN-05)
Costa, Jim (CA-20)
Cuellar, Henry (TX-28)
Donnelly, Joe (IN-02)
Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ-08)
Harman, Jane (CA-36)
Holden, Tim (PA-17)
McIntyre, Mike (NC-07)
Matheson, Jim (UT-02)
Michaud, Mike (ME-02)
Peterson, Collin (MN-07)
Ross, Mike (AR-04)
Sanchez, Loretta (CA-47)
Schiff, Adam (CA-29)
Schrader, Kurt (OR-05)
Scott, David (GA-13)
Shuler, Heath (NC-11)
Thompson, Mike (CA-01)