On the subject of Blue Dogs and endorsements as we were… oh… two weeks ago already?
One Alabama politico believes that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsement of Democrat Bobby Bright and awarding him their Spirit of Enterprise Award before that are key moments in the race for the 2nd Congressional District.
Getting the stamp of approval from the Chamber is critical. Small businesses are increasingly seen as the economic engine that will drive economic growth, and this award from the Chamber gives Bright a great proof point that he’s on the right side of economic issues and is a great pushback to inevitable Republican attacks that he’s not a “real’ conservative.
And the chamber is a big funder of Republicans, so their approval of Bright ensures they won’t be helping the Republican nominee come after him.
I think this is one of those moments that doesn’t seem huge right now, but looking back in November it’s stuff like this that will have gotten Bright re-elected.
Bright faces Republican challenger Martha Roby who in recent weeks has announced her own endorsements from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Bright’s Republican predecessor in Congress Terry Everett.