Coons is one of three Senators joining Third Way as honorary co-chairs today.
Senator Coons (D-DE) joins Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who are also joining the think-tank. Delaware’s other Senator, Tom Carper (D-DE) is already a co-chair at Third Way along with Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Mark Udall (D-CO).
In a statement, Coons says, “I am excited to join an organization that understands the importance of a strong national commitment to innovation. Third Way continues to offer fresh thinking on how to grow jobs in this country – strengthening the middle class and promoting economic growth.”
Third Way is seen by some as picking up the centrist mantle from the now disbanded Democratic Leadership Council, as suggested in a profile on Third Way published today on the website thedailybeast.com. The most recent example of the group’s influence is the bipartisan seating arrangement at last month’s State of the Union Address. The idea was suggested to Congressional leaders in a letter sent by Third Way president Jonathan Cowan, which you can read at Third Way’s website.