November 12th, 2010
05:05 PM ET
3 years ago

UPDATE: Bennet turns down DSCC chairmanship

Washington (CNN) – Two Senior Democratic sources tell CNN Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid discussed with Colorado Senator Michael Bennet the possibility of taking over the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, but one of the sources now says Bennet has said no.

The two talked this week, the sources said.

Earlier Friday, one of the Democratic sources told CNN "the ask has been made, and Michael has been thinking about it."

Later the same source said Bennet said no to the job.

All along Democratic sources said it was unlikely that Bennet would take the job. He just barely won a brutal battle to keep his Senate seat, and he has three young children.

The DSCC is in charge of getting Democratic Senate candidates elected, and Democrats will have to defend 23 incumbent Senate seats in the 2012 election cycle, a daunting task.


Filed under: DSCC • Harry Reid • Michael Bennet
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Family first and that's what family values is all about. I'm sure Bennett has a great and well rounded family and he wants to keep them that way.

    November 12, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Monster Zero

    Hey, a Democrat with a brain, go figure...

    November 12, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. keepstufingthis

    I guess Harry will have to ask some of his good friends in the SEIU since they did such a great job of stealing the election for him. Their thuglike tactics, corrupt ways and cheating are the only way democrat liberals get elected anyway.

    November 12, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. GOP Taliban Victim

    The Senate is totally dysfunctional in both parties. He is smart to stay out of the limelight. The only way it makes sense is if the Democratic Party leadership will let him take charge and stop the cronyism. Kick-out the lobbyist scumbags and return power back to the normal people that aren't the elitists with a ton of $.

    November 12, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. Alistair

    Have Patty Murry lead the DSCC.

    November 12, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Denny

    Kudos for putting the family first, which has to be difficult while serving in the Senate. And who would want that job anyway? There are a lot of Democratic Senate seats on the line in 2012, and Obama will still be president, Pelosi will be the House minority leader, Reid will be the Senate majority leader....those who said they wanted change in this election will still have lots to change in 2012.

    November 12, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. diridi

    try for unity...in Dem party...do not rub the colors like blue dog, blue cat, idiotic...o.k...progress and progress the nation....work for 2012...good luck...

    November 12, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. George of the jungle

    At least we didn't put perky palin up for VP so who has a brain?

    November 12, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  9. largo

    Wow defending 23 seats in 2012 is not going to be an easy task. Once again if anyone is listening "it's the economy..."

    November 12, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. Cocitizen

    Offering Michael Bennet the chair of the DSCC is a perfect example of just how weak and out of touch Harry Reid is. It amazes me that some Democrats have been calling for Speaker Pelosi's head while not even mentioning removing Reid as Senate majority leader. I guess mediocrity is still a positive characteristic over legislative success in the halls of Congress. At least on the Democratic side. As a registered Colorado Democrat, I can tell you Bennet would have been a disaster in this position. He has the charisma of paper towel and squeaked by a weak Republican opponent to keep his seat in the closest Senate race in the country. It looks like another two years of weak Democratic leadership in the Senate and a Republican majority after the 2012 election. Will someone please save Barack Obama and the Democratic Party from themselves.

    November 13, 2010 07:44 am at 7:44 am |