Friday, May 29, 2015

Schwartz quits national Dem fundraising post

Removing one potential obstacle to a run for governor, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D.,Pa.) resigns post as fundraising chair for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Schwartz quits national Dem fundraising post

Allyson Schwartz is riding high on success in fund-raising and poll results. (Matt Rourke / AP)
Allyson Schwartz is riding high on success in fund-raising and poll results. (Matt Rourke / AP)

Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania stepped down Wednesday as national finance chairwoman of the Demcoratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2014 midterm cycle, clearing a potential obstacle to her anticipated run for governor.

Party leaders named Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut to take over the time-consuming fundraising job, according to Democratic sources in Washington Wednesday. Himes, a third-term lawmaker, represents the Greenwich area 4th District, one of the wealthiest in the country, and is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, considered a great fundraising base because of its importance to Wall Street.

It would have been impossible for Schwartz, or anybody, to juggle the fundraising post with a full-scale campaign for higher office.

[updated] DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel of New York announced the change officially Thursday. In a statement praising Himes, he added, "I also thank Rep. Allyson Schwartz on behalf of our entire caucus for her work giving us a strong start."

The committee raised $6.1 million in January, Schwartz’s first full month on the job, compared to $4.4 million scooped up by the rival National Republican Congressional Committee. Both party campaign committees still are paying off debts from the 2012 election.

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