He was the original consensus choice to take over the DSCC this cycle before Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.) was in the mix. But after winning a full term by just 2 points, Bennet declined to take the post.
His qualifications are obvious. He knows how to win a competitive race in a bad environment, he’s a good fundraiser and he’s well-liked within the caucus. His former top political aide, Guy Cecil, already serves as the DSCC’s executive director, which would make for an easy transition.
So now that he’s had some time to breathe since 2010, would he reconsider for 2014? Democrats can dream, but insiders say Bennet likes policy more than politics and won’t take this job.
She is on track to win two Senate races in consecutive cycles after her 2009 appointment took her from the House to the Senate.
While neither of her recent contests have proved to be tough electoral challenges, Gillibrand developed an incredible national fundraising network in the process. She would bring those connections, as well as her rainmaking skills in New York City, to the DSCC gig.
Gillibrand has shown ambition ever since she was elected to Congress in 2006 . This job would be a steppingstone for her into Senate leadership, but it could also help her continue to build a national political network if she wanted to run for even higher office some day.
The Minnesota lawmaker is on track to easily win a second term, boasting some of the highest approval ratings of any Senator up for re-election. She has thwarted any potential challengers in a competitive state — a teachable skill for next cycle when Democrats will be playing defense.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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