Washington (CNN) - Longtime Democratic operative Donna Brazile will serve as interim chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Brazile, who's currently a first vice chair for the DNC, told CNN on Wednesday that she'll serve in the top spot until Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida takes over as chair of the party committee.
"I have been a member of the DNC for a while now," Brazile tells CNN. "I am familiar with the building and the party, and know where everything is. My job will be to keep the lights on, make sure people get paid, keep it running and help conduct the election."
Brazile, who's also a CNN political contributor, was campaign manager for Vice President Al Gore's 2000 bid for the White House, becoming the first African-American to run a major presidential campaign.
DNC rules prevent Wasserman Schultz from formally taking over as chairwoman for at least 15 days. President Barack Obama Tuesday named the four-term representative who represents Florida's 20th congressional district to succeed DNC chairman Tim Kaine. The former Virginia governor announced earlier Tuesday that he is running for the open U.S. Senate seat in Virginia. Sen. Jim Webb, a fellow Democrat, announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election next year.
Besides running Gore's campaign, Brazile's also worked on White House bids by Democrats dating back to Jimmy Carter's 1976 victory for president.
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