Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee makes new hire
March 2nd, 2011
03:08 PM ET
11 years ago

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee makes new hire

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced the hiring of Matt Canter as their new communications director Wednesday. He was previously the communications director for Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Canter will make the leap from managing the communications for one Senate campaign to managing the message for senatorial campaigns across the country as Democrats seek to hold on to their majority. With twice as many Democratic senators retiring than Republicans, Democrats must ready a battle plan for 2012 that accounts for the obstacles of keeping blue the seats of three retiring Democratic senators and one retiring senator who caucuses with Democrats, Joe Lieberman.

North Dakota's Kent Conrad, Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, and New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman, and independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman have all announced plans to depart the Senate when their terms are complete, leaving seats open for 2012.

There are currently two GOP senators who are retiring, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona.

In a statement, DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil said "Matt Canter knows how to win tough races… and he joins our team at a time where we have strong pick-up opportunities across the country. Matt will help make sure that our campaigns are aggressive, disciplined, and focused on the issues that matter to people."

Canter will begin as the communications director later in March, according to the statement. He succeeds Eric Schultz, who has served as the director of communications for the DSCC since 2009, and through the 2010 midterm elections.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. California

    State’s Rights. Not only is Obama interfering in state politics (suing Arizona wasn’t enough). Obama doesn’t understand state’s rights. He needs to read the Constitution; it’s in there. Everything else Obama supports: Obamacare, GM bailout, etc. is not. He then sends in his storm troopers, literally. His Organizing with America, his political arm, has been coordinating the chaos and mayhem in Wisconsin in concert with union thugs.

    March 2, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Root and stem

    Mr. Obama has yet to condemn the jihadists who murdered two U.S. military members in Germany. What is it with this clown ? He looks more and more like a jihadist.

    March 2, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Canter will make the leap Democrats seek to hold on to their majority.
    He does know they are setting him up for failure...right? What is he, a magician or something? Insane, maybe? The Democratic Senators are fighting every budget cut proposal at the same time voters are demanding budget cuts from Washington.

    March 2, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Democrats will be lucky to keep half the Senate seats up for re-election in 2012. They lost a lot in 2010 and the trend will continue.

    March 2, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |