WASHINGTON (4/1/08)—With three broadly known U.S. senators on the risers, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) will continue to keep credit unions in the focus of Capitol Hill Wednesday with its seventh “Power Breakfast” Organized by National Journal and MSNBC, co-sponsored by CUNA and various other enterprises, the power breakfast series has typically attracted close to 100 Capitol Hill staffers, lobbyists and reporters. On April 2, the offering will feature a discussion on the upcoming presidential election, called “Super-Surrogates: The candidates biggest supporters state their case.” The phrase “super surrogate” is meant to capture the speakers’ positions as not only superdelegates, but also as official representatives of one of the campaigns. Scheduled participants in the discussion are:
* Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), who has backed Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) in her bid for the presidency; * Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), a supporter for the Democratic contender from his state, Sen. Barak Obama; and * Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has cast his support behind Sen. John McCaiin (R-Ariz.).
The exchange will be moderated by Linda Douglass, of the National Journal
, Ron Brownstein, of Atlantic Media Company, and Chuck Todd, of NBC News. It is co-sponsored by Boeing. According to CUNA Political Director Trey Hawkins, by participating in the power breakfast series, CUNA assures that "insiders from Capitol Hill and in the Washington lobbying community are seeing credit unions in the thick of the political process."