Democrats reacted favorably Tuesday to news that Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado will lead the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the 2014 cycle. But Republicans were quick to criticize the DSCC's new chairman.
"Unfortunately, Sen. Bennet’s decision to head the DSCC proves that his priorities now lie outside of Colorado and with the special interests of Washington, D.C.," Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call wrote in a statement. "Sen. Bennet’s new role as head of the DSCC misplaces his priorities and obligations to the people of Colorado," he added. Call also noted that Bennet's 2010 campaign was focused on distancing himself from the image of a Washington insider.
Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio issued a crowing statement on Bennet's new job.
“As Tea Party groups prepare to take over Senate seats in 2014, the American people will discover what Coloradans already know — voices for mainstream values can win out over shrill partisanship," Palacio wrote. Like Call's statement, the Palacio comment returns to 2010 campaign themes — in Bennet's race, the Democrats used terms such as "extreme" in television advertisements to successfully tie his opponent to the tea party.