WASHINGTON (2/25/10)--Self-declared “flaming moderate” and Credit Union National Association President/CEO Dan Mica urged his K Street colleagues to be "particularly mindful" of the need to avoid being perceived as a Republican or Democratic organization in today's more polarized political environment. Mica, who in his latest monthly installment of The Hill's "K Street Insider" column, warned against leaning too far to either the left or right, has learned to avoid this from his years of experience in an evenly split legislative district while serving as U.S. congressman from south Florida. This type of district gave him "great latitude and, at times, massive headaches" from knowing that whenever he voted, he would upset "nearly half" of his constituency. As a result, he eliminated the 10% to 15% of constituents on the fringes and stuck to the middle ground. Mica said the more than 4,000 credit union activists in Washington this week visiting Capitol Hill during CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference would be "particularly mindful" to avoid being perceived as Republican or Democrat when lobbying on behalf of credit unions, which have bipartisan support in Congress. While "we all have our (personal) preferences," Mica said he knows that "the key to lobbying for associations such as CUNA is is keeping the eye on the agenda and what is best for the organization," adding: "There is wisdom in being neutral and keeping one’s political passions focused on the collective cause." Mica is one of a select group of former policy makers who write The Hill's "K Street Insider" column in rotation each month.