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Blue Dogs Grow Ranks, Welcome Rep. Larry Kissell

The Blue Dog Coalition PAC today welcomed the addition of Representative Larry Kissell (NC-8), to the group of moderate and conservative Democrats. 

“Larry Kissell’s approach to the job is what the vast majority of American voters support – common sense, pragmatic, roll-up-your-sleeves and make progress,” said Jim Matheson (D-UT) Co-Chair of the Blue Dog PAC. “We are proud to welcome him to the Blue Dog Coalition.” 

Kissell was first elected to Congress in 2008 and now serves on the Armed Services and Agriculture Committees. Prior to running for Congress he spent 27 years working in North Carolina’s textile mills and then spent seven years teaching civics in North Carolina’s public schools. 

"The continued presence of a moderate voice in Congress is far too important to let slip by, and that's why I have joined the Blue Dog Coalition, even though I've always said I'm not much of a joiner," said Rep. Larry Kissell. "The American people deserve representatives in Congress who are willing to work with both sides of the aisle to accomplish the goals of our nation, getting our economy back on track and our nation's fiscal house in order, and I believe that message is strongest when we stand together." 

“Larry is an outstanding Member of Congress,” said Rep. Dennis Cardoza, co-chair of the Blue Dog PAC. “He has joined with the Blue Dogs on many important issues and has fought for fiscal responsibility and integrity since he was first elected. We are proud to have him join us.” 

Rep. Kissell is the first sitting Member to join the Blue Dog Coalition this Congress and becomes the Coalition’s 25th member. He, along with eight current endorsed candidates for the 2012 election cycle, are part of the Blue Dog PAC’s continuing efforts to expand the ranks of moderate and conservative Democrats serving in the House of Representatives.