1:38 pm Dec. 4, 2012
Kirsten Gillibrand won't be chairing the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee after all.
Gillibrand has close ties to a number of young women candidates, who the party cultivated this cycle with considerable success. More importantly, she's also proven to be a champion fund-raiser for herself and others, representing a state that's particularly prized by other candidates for its lucrative donors.
It's also the post that helped catapult Gillibrand's mentor, Chuck Schumer, into a leadership role, after he led the party to a surprise majority in 2006, and added more gains in 2008.
But alas, the post won't be Gillibrand's, at least for now.
The DSCC announced today that Colorado senator Michael Bennet will serve as the chairman through the 2014 cycle. Bennet was reportedly waiting to make sure Guy Cecil, the group's executive director, would return too.
“Michael is one of the brightest rising stars in the Democratic Party, and he is exactly the right person to lead our efforts over the next two years,” said Majority Leader Harry Reid in the press release. “Not only does Michael know how to win tough races, he has the trust and loyalty of the entire Democratic caucus behind him.”
Cecil is a veteran of Schumer's time at the DSCC, and this year helped successfully defend all the incumbents they elected in 2006, and even picked up seats in what was supposed to have been a down year for congressional Democrats.
That will be a tough act to follow, with Bennet and Cecil forced to protect the rest of Schumer's gains, from a 2008 class that rode a wave powered by Barack Obama's first presidential campaign.