Additionally, Murray’s role as a cardinal on the Appropriations Committee and her ties to the business community make her an able fundraiser in a year when Democrats will have to compete for dollars with President Barack Obama, who will be raising money for his own re-election bid. In fact, part of Murray’s fundraising prowess comes from her ability to get lobbyists to bundle contributions for her, a skill that will come in handy atop the DSCC.
When she ran the committee in 2001 and 2002, she helped raise more than $140 million in both hard and soft money for the committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Before Murray agreed to take the job, several other Democratic colleagues declined to replace outgoing DSCC Chairman Bob Menendez (N.J.), citing the workload and tough political climate for Democrats. Many of them did not want to have the stamp of “Democratic leader” or “establishment” on their records as they moved forward in their careers. Sens. Mark Warner (Va.), Al Franken (Minn.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) and Schumer each turned Reid down when asked to take the job.
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.