Hillary Clinton has racked up a slew of congressional endorsements in her presidential bid. Her rivals either can't compete on the Hill or are only doing so quietly.
Clinton's endorsement tally already stands at triple digits—nearly half of all sitting Democrats. But lawmakers say they've heard little outreach from Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, Clinton's underdog rivals to lead Democrats' 2016 ticket.
Even the group that provides the underdogs' best chance at winning allies says the phone has stayed firmly on the hook: Both Sanders and O'Malley are running to Clinton's left, but the Congressional Progressive Caucus says it has heard no calls for support from either candidate. Instead, caucus cochair Raul Grijalva said last year that he was happy so support Hillary Clinton (his office has said that's not an official endorsement) and fellow liberals like Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jan Schakowsky have endorsed the front-runner as well.
While members say they would welcome the chance to hear from presidential hopefuls, it appears those candidates have decided the road to the nomination doesn't run through the Beltway—at least yet. "We've certainly had opportunities in the past to have some of those declared candidates come before us," said House Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra, citing an O'Malley appearance on the Hill last year. "Certainly this caucus will invite any declared candidate for president to come before us and address the caucus members, because the members are very interested."