Dec 08, 2008
Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Head Incumbent Retention EffortThe DCCC today named the first of its three Vice Chairs - Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) will serve as Vice Chair for the DCCC's incumbent retention program. This cycle there are 83 Democrats sitting in Republican districts that Bush won in 2004, while only five Republicans remain in districts that John Kerry won in 2004.
DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen said, "The DCCC is focused on preserving our gains this cycle. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's battle tested leadership will be a real asset to our Members facing tough reelections."
Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz brings her experience as chair of the DCCC's successful and effective 2008 Frontline Program and the 2008 and 2006 Red to Blue Program.
Vice Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said, "I am looking forward to continuing my work at the DCCC in this new leadership role. It is so important that we assist our incumbent Members with the money, messaging and outreach they will need to get reelected in the 2010 election cycle. I will work hard to ensure that my new and returning colleagues can return to Congress and retain our newly expanded majority."
Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz will serve as Vice Chair for the DCCC's incumbent retention program. The DCCC's incumbent retention program will focus on helping Members build their campaign infrastructure and make sure they are meeting their message, money, mobilization, and management goals. A Vice Chair focusing on candidates and a Vice Chair for Member participation will be named at a later date.