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.