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Posted at 5:51 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

Afternoon Fix: Longtime O'Malley aide to head up DGA; NRCC's Spain to private equity firm; Senate tax cut vote could come by the weekend

By Chris Cillizza

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* Colm O'Comartun, a longtime aide to incoming Democratic Governors Association chairman and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, will succeed Nathan Daschle as the next executive director of the DGA.

* National Republican Congressional Committee communications director Ken Spain is leaving the committee to join the Private Equity Growth Capital Council as vice president of public affairs and communications.

* Maine Gov.-elect Paul LePage (R) announced that he will back Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) against a potential GOP primary challenger, stirring consternation among some tea party groups.

* Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Chris Healy will not run for Republican National Committee chairman and has instead endorsed former RNC political director Gentry Collins, saying that Collins "has the right temperament and knowledge of what needs to be done."

* Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) delivered a speech at the Hudson Institute late last week laying out a sweeping GOP agenda for the next year. In a roundtable after the event, author Bill Schambra declared that "Lamar was tea party before tea party was cool."


* Democrat Ned Lamont likely won't pursue a rematch against Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) in 2012.

* A new survey by Democratic-leaning automated pollster Public Policy Polling shows Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) could face trouble in her 2012 re-election bid. The poll shows Stabenow job approval rating at only 41 percent.

* A Senate vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts could come by the weekend, according to Senate Republican and Democratic leaders.

* Asked about a potential challenge from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R), Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch told reporters: "I don't even talk about that." Added Hatch: "I intend to run, and I intend to win, and that's as [much] as I'll say."


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With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  | December 8, 2010; 5:51 PM ET
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