10:45 am May. 23, 2012
Earlier this week, I wrote about Kirsten Gillibrand's newfound role as a valued endorser of local Democratic candidates and officials.
This morning comes a report that her colleagues in the Senate might be trying to recruit her to boost them too. Citing an anonymous Senate aide, The Hill reports that Gillibrand is being discussed as a possible chair for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2014.
Her mentor, Chuck Schumer, held the post in 2006 and 2008, and led the party back into the majority with big gains in both cycles. The victories helped cement Schumer's place in the Senate leadership, and could prove helpful if he ever stands for majority leader.
Like Schumer, Gillibrand is an accomplished fund-raiser who has a good relationship with the New York-based finance industry, and the local donor base in general. She's already shown a willingness to raise money for other candidates, having made appearances around the country for candidates this cycle.
Presumably she'd also be considered capable, as Schumer was, of helping to recruit Democrats to run for Republican-held seats.
Gillibrand has only been in the Senate since 2009, when she was appointed by David Paterson, controversially, to fill the seat that Hillary Clinton vacated to become Secretary of State. Gillibrand comfortably won an election in 2010 to serve out the remainder of Clinton's term, and is up for election this year to her first full term.
CORRECTION: The original version of this article incorrectly attributed the report to Roll Call.