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Democrats extoll her fundraising. The party would be hard-pressed to find a House Democrat with more on-camera and message experience to take this gig, although she’s received flak for some of her more outrageous comments.
But there’s some doubt that she would be interested in the DCCC chairmanship after leading the Democratic National Committee this cycle. A decade ago, that career move equated a demotion for a Member. That might not be the case in the post-Rahm Emanuel campaign committee era.
Either way, whether Wasserman Schultz is offered this gig is out of her control. There’s no love lost between her and Pelosi, who is highly unlikely to appoint her.
But if House Democrats lose seats for the second cycle in a row, Pelosi’s future as leader will be in question. In that case, the younger class of House Democrats would likely push Wasserman Schultz for this post or an even higher leadership position.
House Republicans can’t say enough about Griffin’s qualifications for this job. A former opposition research director for the Republican National Committee, the freshman has the mind of an operative and the fundraising skills of a seasoned Member.
He’s been called one of Karl Rove’s protégés. When questioned recently about the most likely next NRCC chairman, one senior House Republican said Griffin’s name without hesitation.
But it’s no secret that Griffin has statewide ambitions. He’s eyeing a bid against Sen. Mark Pryor (D) or for the open governor’s office in 2014, which would take him out of contention for the NRCC post.
Nonetheless, if Griffin sticks around, his colleagues say they could easily see him in this position. Not a bad first impression for a guy who’s been in Congress only a little more than a year.
As the current NRCC deputy chairman, Walden is a natural choice to be the next chairman. He’s well-liked among his colleagues, and he has fundraising chops. He was tasked with raising money from K Street for the NRCC last cycle.