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. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.