House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday to colleagues that the caucus campaign chief, New York Rep. Steve Israel, will stay on for a second cycle.
Israel will run the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee again in 2014.
Pelosi made the impromptu announcement to her colleagues at their morning meeting —much to Israel’s surprise, according to a source. The caucus responded with a standing ovation and cheered, “two more years.”
Israel guided the committee this cycle to pick up seven seats, although a few races have yet to be called.
As long as these gains hold, House Democrats must pick up 18 seats to win the majority in 2014.