After a tough election season in which he himself faced a tough challenge in Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is having some trouble finding a new chairman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to succeed New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez. National Journal's Dan Friedman reports:
Every candidate to head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, including a top pick, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, has already declined the job once, leaving Majority Leader Harry Reid with the task of talking someone into changing his or her mind this week.
Staffers involved in the process of naming a successor to Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey said that pressure on Murray has increased in part because she did not reject the job as forcefully as did Mark Warner of Virginia, Colorado's Michael Bennet, and others. Murray is also one of the most-senior Democrats courted for the job, and she has the experience of having headed the committee in the 2002 election cycle.
One staffer familiar with the recruitment process said that there was definitely some pressure being applied to Murray.
But Senate aides and Murray herself were quick to note the Reid still views other senators who have turned down the job once as possibilities, and cautioned that having said no is not necessarily anyone's final answer.
"The leader has asked a lot of people," Murray said on Thursday when asked about the courtship for the job. "We'll see." She declined to elaborate.
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