Tim Kaine announced he would run for the Virginia Senate seat vacated by Jim Webb, leaving an opening at the Democratic National Committee. President Obama moved swiftly to fill that today by choosing Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
President Barack Obama has settled on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) as the new chair of the Democratic National Committee, top Democratic sources said Tuesday.
Wasserman Schultz, 44, was chosen for her strength as a fund-raiser and as a television messenger, and for her clout in the crucial swing state of Florida, the sources said.
It was between Wasserman Schultz and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, and while Strickland doesn’t have a job right now, Wasserman Schultz didn’t get any of the House leadership jobs that she sought last year, particularly the chair of the DCCC (which is now Rep. Steve Israel). Notably, leaders in Ohio and Florida were the final options for the job.
There would most likely be an operations head to fulfill the day-to-day duties of the DNC chair while Wasserman Schultz did her job in the House. She would basically be used for messaging and high-profile events.
Sunday show bookers everywhere despaired at the prospect of actually having to feature a woman on their programs.