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DSCC Senior Staff Stays Put

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the newly-chosen chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, has convinced the committee's top two staffers from the 2008 election to stay on for another election cycle, according to party sources familiar with the decision.

J.B. Poersch, who as executive director in 2006 and 2008 oversaw a 13-seat Democratic gain in the Senate, and political director Martha McKenna, will both remain in their current roles for the 2010 election. Matt Miller, the communications director for the committee, has yet to decide his next move; Tom Lopach, the committee's finance director, is moving on.

"I am thrilled to have the seasoned team that led such a successful cycle in 2008 back to help us strengthen our Democratic majority in 2010," said Menendez about the moves.

The joint decisions by Poersch and McKenna ensure a smooth transition from Sen. Chuck Schumer's (N.Y.) stewardship over the DSCC over the last four years and the coming Menendez regime.

That sort of continuity was the hallmark of the Republican party campaign committees earlier this decade and was cited by many knowledgeable politicos as one of the reasons the GOP made gains in the House and Senate during the early 2000s.

Given the fundraising, staffing and infrastructure demands that are put on these campaign committees in the space of less than two years, the more institutional knowledge in the building at the start of the cycle, the better.

House Republicans appear to have learned that lesson after a tough 2008 election, retaining Ken Spain as communications director and Brian Walsh as political director at the committee.

On its face, the 2010 cycle should be another good one for Senate Democrats. Nineteen Republicans are up for reelection as compared to just 15 Democrats.

Two GOP-held seats -- Florida and Kansas -- will be vacant in 2010 and Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) has all but said she will resign from the chamber to run for governor.

Democrats will have to contend with electing or reelecting appointed senators in New York, Delaware and Colorado as well as a royal mess in Illinois. But, few of the party's incumbents are in any real trouble at the moment.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 17, 2008; 2:45 PM ET
Categories:  Democratic Party , Senate  
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Poersch helped a lot of Dems win a perch in the legislature. Someone please stop me before I type anything like that again.

2010 elections will be extremely interesting. Will the bad taste of the Bush years linger on the palates of voters, allowing Dems an unusual win in the first off-year election of a party newly elected to the White House? If so, look out below for the future of the Republican party over the next 20 years.

Or will things continue going south and will the tried and true Republican propaganda machine manage to hang blame for the new depths to which the USA is reduced on the new Democratic administration?

Stay tuned. Obama will either be a blip or a game changer when viewed in hindsight with a time frame of 40 years in view.

My money's on "game changer".

Posted by: officermancuso | December 17, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Nice column - albeit I am not a fan of any party being in the majority - especially the dems - I would rather have had Michael Bloomberg run as an independent - but alas - we got what we got - I don't think that Kaye Bailey Hutchinson's post will go to a dem - and I don't think that the Repubs killed unionized labor - if they did - good for them - we don't need - we shouldn't want it. At one time unionized labor was needed -but this group, like most have abused their power, the money and their people. Honda, Toyota and other foreign car manufacturers have shown how they can make without unionized - build a quality car for a reasonable price and - gosh the car lasts forever and the resale value is great -

So, give me a break - we need change of the old guard - and I don't think Obama understands that yet - but corporations should not be allowed to continue their crappy, mismanagement and become millionaires while screwing the American Public. I think Jeffrey Skilling said it properly and it went something like this - I stole the money which is roughly $66 million dollars and I not giving it back because I have to pay my attorneys to defend that is the mindset of the idiots we allow to run the companies - yeah -

Nice posts - good comments - hopefully we will get some great results from the new administration.

Posted by: jansimpson11 | December 17, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Osama's kids are off to Sidwell Friends. the rest of the neighborhood can expect to be reading at the eighth grade level.....when they graduate. Wait, make that 17% of them only.

no vouchers, no trouble for the unions, no hope for the kids.

this is the Lib way. I got mine, you're screwed?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 17, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Liberal success:

In 2007, only 17 percent of eighth graders tested at or above grade level in reading in Chicago Public Schools – the school system administered by Arne Duncan since 2001. President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday tapped Duncan to become secretary of education in the upcoming administration. (Snip) ''“I'm also eager to apply some of the lessons we have learned here in Chicago to help school districts all across our country''

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 17, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse





They always expect money money money from people - the DEMOCRATS ARE GEARING UP TO RAISE MORE MONEY.

stop the presses.

This is news...........





Posted by: 37thandORulesForever | December 17, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

This is great news after the loss of Sen. Schumer heading the committee. This cycle has started off excellent, too, with Sen. Martinez retiring, Mayor Bill White announcing, and Kathleen Sebelius withdrawing her name from a post in the Obama cabinet.
Also, the two-cycle pickup is starting to look more and more like it's going to net 14 seats for the Party, not 13.
Completing the full six-year election cycle in two years the Senate composition should have somewhere close to a 2:1 ratio after November of 2010.

Posted by: jdunph1 | December 17, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

War on American manufactureres and Organized Labor: "Our Future is Dire"

How convenient that the GOP fails to mention the role their states have played in destroying unionized American manufacturing with tax payer dollars.

Corker’s Tennessee recently lured Volkswagen to build a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, offering German automakers $577 million, In 2005, the state gave Nissan $197 million in incentives, including $20 million in utility savings.

In 1992, South Carolina snagged a BMW plant for $150 million in giveaways

In Mississippi in 2003, Nissan was lured with $363 million

In Georgia, a still-under-construction Kia plant received breaks estimated to be $415 million

Why isn't this being reported in the media, for all the talk about liberal media bias I have a hard time seeing it, with public enemy #1 Gov Blagojevich, and public enemy #2 Organized Labor plastered on every channel 24/7, the fourth estate has become distraction central for Republican rhetoric, and double speak.

Another point that wasn't mentioned in this article is that "the nonpartisan Tax Foundation have consistently shown that these Senators' states receive far more from the Federal government than they pay back in taxes."

"the Foundation's most recent study speak for themselves: Mitch McConnell's Kentucky took in $1.45 from the Feds for every dollar it paid in taxes. That's a 45 cent free ride. Bob Corker's Tennessee received at 30-cent Federal giveaway. And Richard Shelby's Alabama extracted a whopping 71-cent subsidy from Northern taxpayers.

What about Michigan? They lost 31 cents for every dollar they paid. In other words, McConnell, Shelby, and Corker have been skimming a percentage off these autoworkers' taxes for years on behalf of their constituents. Now, when the same Michigan taxpayers need help, these Senators are telling them to get lost.

Pass on the truth to those with an intelligence quotient larger than their hat size, from what I've read today, I can completely understand how these freshmen foriegn auto companies with no retirees and substantial state tax subsidies can appear to be better structured than the Big 3
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Posted by: ProudSouthernAmerican | December 17, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

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