Bennet to Head DSCC in 2014 Cycle

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just announced via press release that Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet will assume the responsibility of overseeing the protection of a Democratic majority in 2014. From the release:


Senator Bennet takes the helm following an extraordinarily successful cycle for the DSCC, in which Democrats gained two seats and not a single Democratic incumbent lost reelection. The conventional wisdom was that Democrats were doomed to lose the majority. But under the leadership of Senator Patty Murray and Guy Cecil, the DSCC pushed incumbents to make re-election decisions and begin building their campaigns early in the cycle, recruited stellar candidates in Republican-held and Democratic open seats, and outraised the NRSC.

This announcement comes as little surprise after Bennet’s name was mentioned as a potential DSCC Chair a few weeks ago. Bennet turned down requests to take the helm in the 2012 cycle, and it’s not really an offer you can refuse twice.

Full release after the jump.


SENATOR MICHAEL BENNET TO SERVE AS CHAIR OF THE DSCC; GUY CECIL TO REMAIN AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Majority Leader Harry Reid announced today that Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado will serve as Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the 2014 cycle. Guy Cecil will continue as Executive Director of the DSCC. Cecil served as Chief of Staff to Bennet during his win in 2010.

“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 Reid. “Not only does Michael know how to win tough races, he has the trust and loyalty of the entire Democratic caucus behind him.”

“I couldn’t be happier that Guy has agreed to continue at the DSCC,” Reid continued.  ”He has been an outstanding leader in our Party and provided strong strategic leadership in 2012.  He has my full confidence.”

“This will not be an easy job, but I feel strongly that families and small businesses in my state have a lot riding on our success,” Senator Bennet said. “Coloradans, like all Americans, need a US Senate that fights for them – not the special interests. The DSCC has helped stop the rise of the Tea Party and given ordinary families more voices in Washington. I look forward to working once again with my friend Guy Cecil and I know the caucus is enormously grateful for his continued service.”

“I know we face a difficult map and the history of midterm elections, but the stakes have never been higher,” said Cecil. “Elections have real consequences, and this cycle gives us an opportunity to shift the course of our country by electing leaders who will stand up to the far right and push for progress. I’m humbled by the success we’ve had and I’m thankful that Leader Reid and Senator Bennet have placed their confidence in me.”

Senator Bennet takes the helm following an extraordinarily successful cycle for the DSCC, in which Democrats gained two seats and not a single Democratic incumbent lost reelection. The conventional wisdom was that Democrats were doomed to lose the majority. But under the leadership of Senator Patty Murray and Guy Cecil, the DSCC pushed incumbents to make re-election decisions and begin building their campaigns early in the cycle, recruited stellar candidates in Republican-held and Democratic open seats, and outraised the NRSC.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Gorky PulviczekG Pulviczek says:

    He has shown that he can raise $#!+loads of money.

  2. botw says:

    This is terrific for Colorado and for Senator Bennet.

    First, being asked to be part of leadership at this point is an achievement.  It speaks well of Bennet and it will likely pay dividends for Colorado, including in ways we don’t always see.

    Second, this is a very tough job and a partisan one for a guy who is genuinely not terribly partisan.  Senator Bennet has worked hard at building bridges, at being able to speak to the Republicans, and at maintaining credibility.  I’ve sometimes wished he would lock more horns, but that is not his style.

    DavidThi has something in for our junior Senator.  I think it is both heartfelt and entirely unfair based on Bennet’s actual record.

  3. nancycronk says:

    Taking this position will help get Udall elected. I say “Kudos” to Senator Bennet.

  4. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    He’s Wall St’s #1 rep in the Senate and that means he can pull a ton of money from them. This makes really effective use of his efforts to date in the Senate.

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    about ninety-nine . . . but, who’s counting?

  6. Littletonian says:

    …Bernie Sanders, right? Love that guy.

  7. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    And there’s a couple of others here and there.

  8. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    I think selling out to Wall St. is required to win most Senate seats. So our choice is not if we have a Senator in thrall to Wall St, but just which of the choices we want, both of whom are owned by Wall St.

    It’s just how the system works right now. But while I think we have to live with it, I also think we should continue to voice our displeasure over it because there’s a giant difference between acquiescence and approval.

  9. botw says:

    This message down here says the system is broken and no one can get to the U.S. Senate without playing in that broken system, which taints everyone to some degree.

    I agree.

    But that isn’t what you said above.

    You said Senator Bennet is “Wall St’s #1 rep in the Senate,” and I think that is unfair and false.

  10. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Look at his votes on all the amendments that would have made the financial reform bill effective. He voted against every single one except for a case where he flipped to yes once it was clear it would lose. He’s not one of the top recipients of Wall St donations for nothing.

    But it’s that exact issue that makes him such a good fundraiser in this position. He’s there guy and therefore he can raise more money from them.

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