“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. He’s 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.
He’s chairman of the board of trustees at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood. “I didn’t want my time here to just be about national politics,” Cecil said.
He’s 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 doesn’t faze Cecil or the Democratic caucus.
After Bennet’s win last fall, the Senator was mentioned as a potential candidate to head the DSCC. He wasn’t interested, but now he’s lost his top aide. “It was no surprise to me,” Bennet said. “But I knew they didn’t need me. They needed Guy.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.