US Chamber of Commerce set to endorse 23 House freshman Democrats
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is endorsing 23 House freshman Democrats this election cycle, according to a memo first obtained by The Hill. The pro-business advocacy group is also endorsing 29 freshman Republicans.
The committee that voted on the endorsements reached an overwhelming majority consensus in favor of members on both sides of the aisle. The committee voted 75 percent in support of the full set of recommended freshmen for political endorsements, according to the memo.
Of the approved freshmen who received the most votes against them, the committee as a whole voted by almost five to one in favor of endorsing them.
“We do not comment on internal processes at the U.S. Chamber,” a spokesperson for the Chamber told The Hill.
The Chamber produces an online public scorecard for all members of Congress.
Twenty-three House freshmen received over 70 percent on their score cards, according to a review by The Hill.
Those members include Democratic Reps. Joe Cunningham (S.C.), Abigail Spanberger (Va.), Sharice Davids (Kan.), Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.), Kendra Horn (Okla.), Colin Allred (Texas), Andy Kim (N.J.), Antonio Delgado (N.Y.), and Abby Finkenauer (Iowa).
“The Chamber conducts its endorsements of incumbents based on the voting record the incumbent has and how often they voted on the Chamber’s priorities,” Neil Bradley, the Chamber’s executive vice president and chief policy officer, told The Hill in an interview last week.
The Chamber keeps the committee member list internal but its makeup is of people from around the country. The vote concluded on Thursday.
The other Democratic endorsements are expected to go to Reps. Elaine Luria (Va.), Lizzie Fletcher (Texas), Haley Stevens (Mich.), David Trone (Md.), Cindy Axne (Iowa), Angie Craig (Minn.), Dean Phillips (Minn.), Greg Stanton (Ariz.), Josh Harder (Calif.), TJ Cox (Calif.), Harley Rouda (Calif.), Susie Lee (Nev.), Ben McAdams (Utah) and Anthony Brindisi (N.Y.).
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