WASHINGTON (CNN) – After telling reporters last week that he wasn't planning to run for another term as the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen has changed his mind and agreed to stay on for the 2010 election cycle, two senior Democratic congressional sources confirmed to CNN.
The Washington Post first reported the Maryland congressman's decision.
With Van Hollen at the helm of the DCCC this year House Democrats picked up 19 seats, with results from another six House races still outstanding. These gains follow 30 Democratic pickups in the House in 2006, when the party took control of the chamber after 12 years in the minority.
Speaker Pelosi also tapped Van Hollen for another leadership role, giving him the post of Assistant to the Speaker. One aide described this as a way to give the Maryland Democrat a bigger role at the leadership table: "He has a bigger portfolio - it expands it to policy, it's not just political."
With Van Hollen taking himself out of the race to replace Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Pelosi avoids a fight for the number four position. The job is now virtually assured to go to Emanuel's vice chairman, Connecticut Congressman John Larson.
We beat Bush.
Well, sure, when you're on the gravy train, it's hard to get off.
Politics must be the most addictive thing in the world, and for some reason, we the People, keep giving the addicts what they want–more power. And with that, they do less, talk about how they will do more, and then spend more on their habit...just like an addict.
"And the circles go 'round and round".
Chris Van Hollen did an excellent job in the past 2 election cycles. He should stay with it, but be careful to not become complacent. The entire DNC needs to be ever vigilant to remain in the majority.
The country has been solidly Centrist and the RNC lost sight of that. That is why they have lost so much ground in the last 4 years.
Good – need more Dems in Congress... We need to push Obama's policies through and turn this country around.
I would stay in office too.
Nice cushy job in an economic meltdown.
Bravo !!!!..... Democrats Rule ....
We sure did Reid-Pelosi Congress approval rating!! did beat Bush!!!
If Mitt Romney thinks he is going to be the head of the republican candidates for 2012 he is gravenly mistaken. This country does not like Romney both democrats and republicans. He is an extremely swarmy, untrustworthy individual. Mitt go back to your businesses, mormon family, etc. Governor will be the highest political position you will ever hold. and you were a lousy one at that.
Even though there are more Dems in Congress they better remember we are the boss (American People) we can vote you out like we vote you in so like my President elects states .... "Get it done" do your jobe for the better meant of America!
He did a great job, I'm glad he's staying. It's been a banner 4 years for Dems. We just need to get Barack in the Oval Office so we can start doing what's right for the country.
that photo is soooo photoshopped!
LETS FACE IT DEMS THE REASON YOU DID SO WELL IS BECAUSE GW DID SO POORLY THESE PAST 8 YEARS. END OF STORY. ITS NOT THAT YOU ARE ANY BETTER THEN THE REPUB OR INDEP. TIMMING IS EVERYTHING.STAY FOCUSED ON DOING THE JOB THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HIRED YOU TO DO. YOU ALL SEEM TO KEEP FORGETTING THAT. WE PAY YOU, YOU WORK FOR US. I THINK THIS TIME AROUND WE WILL BE PAYING MUCH MORE ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU GUYS ACTUALLY DO DO!!! AND YOU WILL BE ACCOUNTABLE TO US. NOT YOUR SPECIAL INTERESTS , US...GO TO WORK AND STOP TAKING OFF TIME . ITS UNESSESSARY AND YOU FRANKLY DONT DESERVE IT... YOU SHOULD GET TWO WEEKS OFF JUST LIKE THE REST OF US. MANAGE YOUR TIME BETTER!
Mitt Romney doesn't have a chance. The Republicans need to start from the bottom, starting with getting rid of:
Faux News, Limbaugh, Hannity, OReilly, and all the rest of the AM radio hate-fear-lies-and-division mongers.
ITS THE HATE, LIES, AND FEAR THAT LOST THE GOP THE ELECTION!