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But a Burr chairmanship wouldn’t be just happenstance. He’s a good fit for the job. He won a tough race in 2004 against former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles. He began the 2010 cycle with a target on his back, and Democrats quickly pointed him out as one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for re-election.
But Burr skated to another term in a good GOP year, raising and spending $10 million in the process.
His electoral experience, plus his long track record on Capitol Hill — not to mention his cozy relationship with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — make him a good choice for the position.
His re-election to a second term looks like a sure thing this cycle, so what can the former Chattanooga mayor do next year? The NRSC slot would be a logical move if he’s looking to get into leadership.
Corker is liked among his colleagues, and he’s a good fundraiser.
While Tennessee isn’t as fertile financially as Texas, Corker has made it work, as his $7.4 million war chest proves.
Republicans hesitate slightly about Corker’s interest in this position. He has exercised more of his wonky side since he arrived in the Senate. Insiders wonder whether he has the political instincts to run the committee.
But, all in all, Republicans see Corker as a good choice, if he’s interested.
Honorable Mentions: Marco Rubio (Fla.), Pat Toomey (Pa.)
No matter what the scoreboard looks like after Election Day 2012, the future House campaign committee chairmen will encounter tough challenges next cycle.
The grueling pace of these often-thankless gigs cannot be underestimated — from the nonstop travel for fundraising and recruiting to begging colleagues for dues.
Just like in the Senate, the Democratic leader appoints the campaign committee chief and the Republican Conference elects its campaign committee chairman.