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Guy Cecil Returns to Defend Democratic Majority

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He was on the ground in one of our toughest states last year, DSCC Chairwoman Patty Murray (Wash.) told Roll Call. He knows the entire country and he knows this class. Hes worked with them before.

It helps to have a familiarity with the institution, added Poersch, who served as executive director for the past three election cycles. There can be a pretty steep learning curve.

Even though Cecil is laser-focused on the Senate, he desperately tries to have a regular life.

Hes chairman of the board of trustees at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in D.C.s Petworth neighborhood. I didnt want my time here to just be about national politics, Cecil said.

Hes also a self-described reality show addict. My colleagues are amazed at the amount of bad television I can squeeze into a demanding schedule, Cecil said.

The reality now is that Democrats start the cycle on the defensive but that doesnt faze Cecil or the Democratic caucus.

After Bennets win last fall, the Senator was mentioned as a potential candidate to head the DSCC. He wasnt interested, but now hes lost his top aide. It was no surprise to me, Bennet said. But I knew they didnt need me. They needed Guy.

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