Alan Nunnelee: Washington is no longer a place for a Conservative Democrat
Alan Nunnelee, who hopes to defeat Travis Childers in a little more than 10 months, published a lengthy blog post yesterday where he argued that conservative Democrats can not serve in Washington, particularly in the House led by Nancy Pelosi.
This was on the heels of the announcement by Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith that he was leaving the Democratic Party because of the liberal agenda the leadership has taken. Further, a number of Blue Dogs have already announced their retirement at the end of this term rather than seek a difficult re-election.
Without mentioning the incumbent he will face in November (should he win the GOP primary), Nunnelee was able to take a couple indirect shots at Childers. He said those conservative or Blue Dog Democrats who remain are not conservative.
He also made a point of saying that thanks to the large majority for the Democrats, a number of Democrats have been able to oppose many of the big-ticket items being pushed by the leadership and the president. He mentioned cap-and-trade and healthcare- two items Childers opposed. However, he argued that after the 2010 elections there will be fewer Blue Dogs around (and fewer Democrats) meaning the ones that remain will have no other choice but to support Pelosi.