Murray has not officially accepted the DSCC job, but she has met with both Reid and top White House officials and is “leaning towards doing it,” according to one Democratic lobbyist with knowledge of the situation.
Murray ran the DSCC in 2002, and if she accepts Reid’s offer, she will be in charge of the campaign arm going into another tough cycle when 23 incumbents are up for re-election.
Finding someone to helm the DSCC has been a challenge for Reid, who approached several junior lawmakers before going to Murray. Among them: Sens. Mark Warner (Va.), Al Franken (Minn.) and Michael Bennet (Colo.), all of whom turned Reid down.
Reid appears to be preparing to take on a lower-profile role next Congress. Schumer will be the point man on caucus communications, taking over Reid’s “war room” for press operations. “The way of doing business is changing,” a Democratic aide said. “You don’t need to change the personalities to change the way you do business. That’s what’s happening here and I think the members are glad for it.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, speaks with reporters in the Capitol after a speech on the Senate floor that accused the CIA of searching computers set up for Congressional staff for their research of interrogation programs.