At-risk Dems added to Frontline program

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named Monday 40 of its most vulnerable junior members who would be added to the party's Frontline program, designed to protect the most at-risk incumbents.

Frontline gives those most susceptible to Republican challenges added supervision and measurable goals as they prepare for the 2010 elections. Members of the program will be pushed to focus on fundraising and outreach efforts.
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The goal is to put freshmen in an early position to avoid GOP assaults, which DCCC chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said were responsible for Democrats being forced to spend money to protect just 10 of 34 Frontline members from the 2008 cycle.

This year's class will be headed by DCCC vice chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Rep. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyPelosi, Schumer hit 'flailing' Trump over 'sham ceasefire' deal Romney slams ceasefire deal, calls Trump's Syria move 'a bloodstain' in US history Backlash erupts at video depicting Trump killing media, critics MORE (D-Conn.), himself an alum of the program.

The majority, 29, of members on the Frontline program this year are freshmen elected in November. They include members like Reps. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio), Frank Kratovil (D-Md.) and Tom Perriello (D-Va.), all of whom won by just a handful of votes.

Other vulnerable members include Reps. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho), who sits in one of the most conservative districts in the country, and Reps. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.) and Dina Titus (D-Nev.), who beat their opponents but scored less than 50 percent of the vote.

More senior members who still represent districts President Bush or Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCummings to lie in state at the Capitol Elizabeth Warren should concern Donald Trump 'bigly' Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show MORE (R-Ariz.) won find themselves on the list as a precaution as well. Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), who has never been a strong fundraiser but has won big in recent years, joins Reps. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.) and Baron Hill (D-Ind.), all of whom won by comfortable margins in 2008.

A DCCC spokeswoman said the initial list includes members likely to "graduate" in coming months, meaning they will have proven themselves as good bets for re-election.

Rep. Mike McMahon (D-N.Y.), who beat a Republican foe by a huge 61 percent to 33 percent margin to represent Staten Island, is one member who could migrate off the list after his big win, as are Reps. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), both of whom won by bigger than expected margins.

Jeremy P. Jacobs contributed to this article.

For the complete list of Democratic Frontline members, click here.