WASHINGTON – There’s a report this morning that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the White House are trying to convince Washington Sen. Patty Murray to head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Capitol Hill sources confirm Reid and the White House are courting Murray to head up the party’s Senate efforts in 2012 when 21 Democrats are up for re-election.
Murray’s office declined comment.
“Right now, Sen. Murray is focused on ensuring we continue work to create jobs, extend tax cuts for middle class families and small business owners, and improve our economy,” said Matt McAlvanah, a Murray spokesman.
The Fix, a Washington Post political website, reported Murray is now the top choice of Reid and other Democratic leaders. The Post, quoting a senior Democratic source, said Murray also met Thursday with White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina to discuss the job.
Murray headed the DSCC during the 2002 election cycle and raised what was then a record amount of money for Democratic senatorial candidates. In addition to raising campaign cash, the chairman of the committee works to recruit candidates to run against Republicans.
Reid said Thursday there was no hurry to name a new chairman and a decision likely won’t be announced until the week after Christmas, The Post said. Reid had previously offered the job to Colorado Sen. Michael Bennett, who turned it down.
The job would not be an easy one. While Democrats have to defend 21 seats, Republicans have just 10 senators up for re-election.