The seven-term lawmaker has repeatedly made it clear that he’s interested in ascending the House leadership ladder. He’s a member of DCCC leadership, runs the New Democrat Coalition and serves on the Ways and Means Committee.
This cycle, he’s put in the work for the DCCC, raising at least $5 million so far for the committee. That’s more than any other House Democrat except DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), according to a recent dues tally.
Crowley is also liked among his colleagues, many of whom lobbied hard on his behalf to get him that plum committee spot. That’s a good qualification for a man who could be hitting up the same folks for dues next year.
But sources cautioned that Crowley always seems to play the bridesmaid, never the bride, in these situations. He’s always in the mix for a big gig, such as DCCC chairman, but he doesn’t get it. Maybe 2014 will finally be his chance.
Allyson Schwartz (Pa.)
Out of this trio, no one is hustling for this gig like Schwartz. She regularly talks to candidates and aggressively raises money for them. The four-term lawmaker is one of only a handful of House Democrats who have already reached their DCCC dues goal halfway through the cycle.
If offered this spot, Schwartz will almost certainly take it. Her supporters boast that she brings the entire package to the table: recruitment skills, strong fundraising and political acumen.
Here’s another plus in her column: Schwartz isn’t necessarily close with Pelosi, but she’s in much better standing with the leader than Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. If Pelosi sticks around next Congress and Israel refuses a second round at the DCCC, Schwartz is a solid option.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.