Patty Murray Will Chair the Democratic Senate Campaign Arm, After All

By Chris Good

Washington Sen. Patty Murray didn't seem to want this job, but she's got it anyway.

Murray and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just announced that Murray will chair the Democratic Party's Senate campaign arm, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) for the next two years.

From the announcement press release:

It's critical that we have an experienced, strong hand steering the DSCC.  Patty Murray is that person, and the entire caucus appreciates her decision to take this role," said Senator Reid.  "Senator Murray always had the determination to fight for what she believes in.  She's always won.  And I'm confident that as the head of the DSCC, she'll do it again."
 
"I'm not agreeing to chair the DSCC because it's easy, I'm doing it because our country is facing tough times and we need tough leaders who will make our economy and jobs the top priority," said Senator Murray.  "Senate Republicans made clear only days after the last election that defeating President Obama was the top priority.  My top priority, and the top priority of Senate Democrats, is to create jobs and get the economy moving again.  That's a clear difference, and serves as great motivation. Maintaining a Democratic majority is the best way to accomplish that goal.

Merely a week ago, it seemed as if Reid couldn't give this job away. National Journal's Dan Friedman reported that Murray, the top pick, had already declined it, as had others.

"The leader has asked a lot of people," Friedman quoted Murray as saying. "We'll see."

Well, she's going to chair the DSCC despite this hesitation. If it's any consolation to her, the 2012 election cycle should be more favorable to Democrats than 2010, if only because it can't be any worse, and things probably have to rebound.

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