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GOP Campaign Arms May Seek ’12 Continuity

“Knowing Boehner’s leadership style, he’s going to want to get this done very quickly with very little dissension,” the staffer said.

If Sessions chooses not to run again, McCarthy, who currently serves as the committee’s recruitment chairman, is viewed as a good fit. Deputy Chairman Greg Walden is also mentioned.

“Both McCarthy and Walden are battle-tested in their own way because Pete has been so good at opening up the committee ... [and] making it a Member-driven committee,” Davis said. “The nice thing I like about Walden is he’s from Oregon. He understands competitive politics. ... [But] McCarthy is also very gifted.”

The other GOP name that gets mentioned for the job is NRCC Finance Chairman Jeb Hensarling, who, like Sessions, hails from Texas — a state that is central to GOP fundraising.

Three-Way Race at DCCC

The slate of candidates interested in leading the DCCC has been set for well over a year, with Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), Steve Israel (N.Y.) and Joe Crowley (N.Y.) in the mix. The DCCC chairman is an appointed position, which means Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) — or whoever takes her place if Democrats lose the House and she steps down — has final say over who gets the job.

Former DCCC Chairman Martin Frost (Texas) said last week that Wasserman Schultz, Israel and Crowley have all “worked hard and shown an interest” in running the committee after Van Hollen.

All three currently hold leadership positions within the DCCC and, perhaps more importantly, come from key states when it comes to fundraising.

Crowley, who serves as vice chairman for finance at the committee, has a fundraising edge among the trio. He had contributed nearly $7.4 million to the DCCC this cycle as of the end of July, according to a recent DCCC dues sheet. Wasserman Schultz and Israel contributed about $3.7 million and $1.6 million, respectively, over that same period.

But as vice chairwoman for incumbent retention, Wasserman Schultz has one of the most demanding jobs at the committee this cycle and has so far earned high marks from committee insiders. Israel serves as chairman of the DCCC recruitment efforts and earned praise for his efforts to help the committee win key special election victories this cycle.

But the current slate of candidates might be thrown into upheaval if Democrats lose the House. That could open the door for someone such as Rep. Mike Thompson (Calif.), who has been mentioned for the job in the past.

Assuming they win tough re-elections this cycle, committee insiders say Reps. Patrick Murphy (Pa.) and Christopher Murphy (Conn.) could be dark horses. Rep. Bruce Braley (Iowa) is also someone who has shown interest in the job.

Up-and-comers in the Democratic Caucus who aren’t necessarily viewed as candidates in 2010 but are seen as potential leaders of the committee further down the road are Reps. Allyson Schwartz (Pa.), John Yarmuth (Ky.) and Jared Polis (Colo.).

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