Martha My Dear

Posted September 28, 2007 at 6:14pm

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has hired Martha McKenna to be its new political director. She replaces Guy Cecil, who left recently to join the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as national political and field director. [IMGCAP(1)]p>McKenna joins the DSCC after serving since February as campaign manager for Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) in her bid for a full four-year term. Dixon became mayor earlier this year after former Mayor Martin O’Malley (D) was sworn in as governor of Maryland.

McKenna, a Baltimore native, spent the four years before that as EMILY’s List’s campaign services director, focusing on recruiting candidates and advising those candidates on campaign strategy.

“We are really excited about Martha McKenna joining us as political director. She has experience, intelligence, enthusiasm, and will be a big help in our work to increase our Democratic majority,” DSCC Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said.

Let’s Do It Again. A Capitol Police union will hold a second round of elections for its executive board after an internal investigation found that the results of the original election might have been skewed.

A laptop “used inappropriately” enabled some officers to vote more easily than others, perhaps affecting the outcome of the election, said Matt Tighe, chairman of the Capitol Police Labor Committee. Tighe would not get more specific, but he stressed that no one did anything unethical.

Officers will be able to vote Oct. 17 for five of the eight executive board positions. No new candidates will be on the ballot.

Tighe, who ran unopposed, took his position earlier this month along with Secretary Glynis Senn and Recording Secretary Brian Kibala.

Honoring Billington. The Senate passed a resolution Thursday honoring James Billington’s 20 years as head of the Library of Congress.

In that time, the Library has widened its scope, increasing its collections by about 50 million items and beginning the process of digitizing it all.

“The Librarian views this [resolution] as a reflection on the Library’s accomplishments during his tenure and that this reflects on the employees and the work that they’ve done,” LOC spokesman Matt Raymond said.

— David M. Drucker and Emily Yehle