Retiring Rep. Dennis Moore's (D-Kan.) old friends are helping his wife get elected to his seat. 

The Blue Dog Coalition announced Thursday it is endorsing Stephene Moore (D) to win the 3rd district. She's expected to be the Democratic nominee to face whoever emerges from a crowded GOP primary.

Blue Dog co-chair Jim Matheson (Utah), in a statement: "Through her service to the community and as a registered nurse, Stephene Moore has demonstrated that she has what it takes to do what's right for the country, and for the people of Kansas' third district."

While Stephene Moore is getting help from the Blue Dogs, she may not get too much from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — at least until her husband pays his dues.

Moore's entire $250,000 balance is outstanding with the committee, despite having $412,188 in his campaign account as of March 31.