The conservative group Americans for Limited Government is heaping praise on Rep. Mike McIntyre for being one of just five House Democrats who voted for a GOP-backed plan to cut the federal deficit.
The “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act,” which stands zero chance of passing the Senate, was derided by Democrats for provisions they say would require massive cuts to social programs such as Medicare and Social Security.
ALG President Bill Wilson quickly issued a statement praising McIntyre, a Democrat from Lumberton, for breaking with his party.
"The vote itself is praiseworthy, but considering the incredible pressure that the White House must have put on House Democrats, Representative McIntyre’s vote was nothing short of heroic," Wilson said, according to the statement. "He is one of the last true Blue Dogs, putting country ahead of party.”
Rep. Heath Shuler, another North Carolina member of the Blue Dog coalition, also voted for the GOP bill.
The two Democrats are likely casting a wary eye at their 2012 prospects in Congressional districts likely to swing even more conservative under the Republican drafted redistricting plan.
But don't expect praise like that from Wilson to be quoted in fundraising materials to the Democratic base, unless it is done so by a primary opponent.