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Emanuel Bids House Dems Farewell, Promises $600K from Obama for DCCC

Updated 7:34 p.m.
By Paul Kane
In a farewell address to House Democrats, outgoing Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) promised the incoming White House would sweeten the coffers of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee by $600,000.

Emanuel, who has taken the job as President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, told his colleagues that the Obama for America committee would donate $500,000 to the DCCC and Emanuel would donate $100,000 from his campaign committee, according to a Democrat in the room.

Emanuel spoke to House Democrats today at their organizational meeting to elect their leadership team, including a replacement for his old post as Democratic caucus chairman (the full lineup is on the jump). Emanuel's rise to power came from his 2005-2006 chairmanship of the DCCC, when House Democrats rode an anti-President Bush wave to reclaim the majority for the first time since 1994.

While the extra $600,000 comes too late to help most Democrats this year, it could come in handy in a run-off election next month for the seat of retiring Rep. James McCrery (R-La.).

The gift from Obama's campaign -- legally known as a transfer of excess cash -- is the first sign of what is likely to be a large pile of left-over campaign money, as Obama for America has continued to raise money even after winning the election two weeks ago.

Known for his blunt demeanor and foul-mouthed language, Emanuel appeared to get choked up at one point addressing his colleagues, the Democrat in the room said, because it was "not an easy decision for me" to leave the House.

He predicted that if the Obama White House and congressional Democrats work well together, the party could gain seats in the 2010 midterm elections, just as House Democrats picked up nine seats in 1934 despite big wave election cycles in 1930 and 1932.

"I want you to know, I've got your back. I'll feel better knowing that you you've got my back," Emanuel said.

The House Democrats' leadership roster for the 111th Congress:

Speaker of the House: Nancy Pelosi of California

Majority Leader: Steny Hoyer of Maryland

Majority Whip: James E. Clyburn of South Carolina

Democratic Caucus Chairman: John B. Larson of Connecticut (replacing Emanuel)

Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman: Xavier Becerra of California (replacing Larson)

Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: Chris Van Hollen of Maryland (also given leadership post of assistant to the speaker)

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 18, 2008; 7:34 PM ET
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"Hey what is the facts about our pres-elect being "vetted? the word out there is he cant pass a security clearance,this could cause real problems.

Posted by: Lwebb121 | November 19, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I just got through reading comments from the terrorist group Al-Qaeda with references to our president-elect obama.we may need to be a little more alert going into the inaugural of obama.they called him lots of names.and are doing a lot of saber-rattling this indicates they may be up to their old tricks,may be planning a surpprise for us.

Posted by: Lwebb121 | November 19, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ifwallscouldtalkk | November 19, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

jrbreslin1-Uhhh, Bad News!

Most "Illegals" Work for the Spanish speaking, but NOW Legal Mexicans.

They are from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvidor.

Then, the Government of Messico has decided not to stop them while En-Route, through Messico-They just need to keep going!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 19, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Here is what we can expect from foul mouth Emanuel, Obama and the Democratic controlled House of Representatives.A marriage with the International Community for the adoption by Treaties and Executive Order: A Law of the Seas Treaty that challenges America's sovereignty; Right of the Child Treaty, a U. N. uniform penal code which overrides our Constitution; Biden's CEDAW, Women's-rights Treaty, A U. N.requirement that dictates domestic policies which alters our Costitution; An International Criminal Court,which is central to global governance; A global tax on American's paid directly to the United Nations; which will be used against us anyway; A Reparations for (only ) Blacks in America, how about reparations for persecuted Irish, Polish, German, Italians, and Jews who came to America and also for American Indians.Globalize thinking to transnationalize and lawyerize America's security in general and America's Armed Forces in particular;The ratification of a Treaty to create the North American Union, which will merge the United States of America into Canada, and Mexico. This is the unconditional surrender of our Nation.Finally, Amnesty for all illegals.

Posted by: jrbreslin1 | November 19, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Transferring Election funds around!

Paging: Travis County Prosecutor Ronnie Earle!
Ronnie Earle-You are needed to investigate!


Is he busy pursuing his trumped up Charges against Tom DeLay? :-(

No! What's that? He has joined his son, and is Entering Politics!

As a Dimocrat!

Golly! Who'd have thunk THAT!? ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 19, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Emanuel through Obama will yield more power to tell Pelosi what the forth coming agenda would be. Both Pelosi and Reid no doubt are inept hacks, but this is US Politics. At least the House is appropriately represented by the people as compared to the totally dysfunction, most inefficient, unrepresentative Senate loaded with senile old coots and their BS seniority system.

Somebody needs to arrange a hemlock cocktail party for all the old coots.

Posted by: winemaster2 | November 19, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

I,for one, will be very sad at seeing Rahm go to White House. He was my congressional rep. and I didn't like the way Obama annocuced it publically before he had a chance to decline privately. I just voted for him! He would have made a great Speaker and 'we' would have gotten rid on Nancy and her side kick, shoot from the lips, Reid. Both are inept fools who make the public wary of Dems.

Posted by: crrobin | November 18, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

President-elect Barack Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel:

See the emails from the zoning department and the Fire Marshall's office of D.C.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro's home has not been zoned for renting to Emanuel

Posted by: reunionpi | November 18, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

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