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Blue Dogs Endorse Hayden Rogers in NC-11

Former Small Business Owner, Shuler Chief of Staff Latest BD Endorsee


March 8, 2012


Washington, D.C. – The Blue Dog Coalition PAC announced today that is has endorsed Hayden Rogers in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District as part of their continuing effort to increase the number of moderate voices in the next Congress.

Rogers was an entrepreneur and successful small business owner, owning and operating a number of small businesses, before entering politics. In 2006 he managed Rep. Heath Shuler’s first campaign for Congress and has since served as Shuler’s chief of staff focusing on economic development and job creation. 

“Working closely with Hayden, I have seen his commitment to Blue Dog principles,” Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) Co-Chair of the Blue Dog PAC said. “As a former small business owner and Congressman Shuler’s chief of staff, Hayden has been an invaluable voice in the Blue Dogs’ efforts to encourage private sector job creation and reduce unnecessary and burdensome regulations that slow growth. We are proud to endorse his candidacy today.”

“Hayden has always stood with the Blue Dogs as we’ve worked to move beyond divisive partisan bickering to address the challenges we face as a nation,” said Rep. Dennis Cardoza, (D-CA) Co-Chair of the Blue Dog PAC. “He is a problem solver who will use his real world business experience to help make government more efficient.”

“The national debt is a serious threat to our nation’s economic security and a hindrance to job creation,” Rogers said. “We must reduce spending and while still making smart investments in our future. I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Blue Dog Coalition and look forward to continuing to work with them to restore fiscal sanity to the federal government.”

Rogers joins six other Blue Dog-endorsed candidates in the 2012 election: former Rep. Charlie Wilson (OH-6), Leonard Bembry (FL-2), Clark Hall (AR-1), Brendan Mullen (IN-2), Ted Vick (SC-7), and Rob Wallace (OK-2).

The Blue Dogs expect to announce more endorsements in the coming weeks.