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Staff Hunt Starts For 2010 Cycle

While there will no doubt be a good number of staff changes if Sessions succeeds Cole, the turnover is not expected to be as massive as it was after the 2006 elections, when the committee staff essentially cleared out at the end of then-Chairman Tom Reynolds’ (R-N.Y.) tenure and Cole was left to rebuild essentially from scratch.

For Republicans on the Senate side, the campaign committee transition is more set.

The Senate GOP voted Tuesday, as expected, to elevate Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) to the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Cornyn immediately announced that he had hired his campaign manager from his 2008 re-election race, Rob Jesmer, as executive director of the committee.

Republican sources said Tuesday that Cornyn and Jesmer have made no other hiring decisions as of yet, although a premium has been placed on naming a political director and a finance director as soon as possible. Cornyn’s personal office communications director, Brian Walsh (no relation to the other Walsh), could be in the mix to move over to the NRSC press shop.

Jesmer’s résumé includes stints as political director for the southeast region at the Republican National Committee and field director at the NRCC during the 2002 cycle.

“I am very impressed with the political acumen, intelligence and work ethic that Rob displayed in managing my recent re-election victory,” Cornyn said in a statement released by the NRSC. “Those qualities, coupled with his extensive leadership experience working on campaigns across the country, will be an invaluable asset for the NRSC moving forward.”

Meanwhile, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s staffing for the 2010 election cycle is somewhat in flux given the delay in deciding who will run the committee over the next two years.

Should Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.) eventually take over for two-term DSCC Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.), as is widely expected, look for his chief of staff, Daniel O’Brien, to move over to DSCC headquarters in the Mott House on Maryland Avenue Northeast and assume a senior position.

Matthew Miller, the communications director at the DSCC under Schumer during the 2008 cycle, might be persuaded to stay on given that he worked for Menendez in the House and on his 2006 Senate race and is in the New Jerseyan’s inner circle.

David M. Drucker contributed to this report.

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