Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Schumer out, Menendez in

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Changing of the guard at the DSCC:

After two election cycles in which the Democrats gained at least 13 seats in the Senate, Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York is stepping down as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
In 2006, Mr. Schumer led the successful Democratic drive to win back control of the Senate from the Republicans. The Democrats picked up six seats that year, bringing them to a razor-thin 51 to 49 majority, thanks to two independents who organize with the Democrats. - NY Times
And coming in:
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez will be named chairman of the Democrats' key Senate fund-raising committee Tuesday, making him a member of the senior leadership team and a Capitol Hill player as the curtain rises on the Obama administration.

"I'm doing this because I deeply believe in the change that we are trying to bring, and also because it means a great deal for New Jersey to have a seat at the leadership table," Menendez said. "Change is not a two-year effort, and it's my job to help build the majority in the Senate so that we can follow through with our agenda. This is a position that involves a lot of responsibility and a lot of hard work, and I'm humbled to have faith of the majority leader."
Schumer is a hard act to follow. Dems have gained at least 13 seats in the Senate the last two cycles.