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Debbie Wasserman Schultz to remain head of Democratic National Committee

WASHINGTON — Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is headed for another term as head of the Democratic National Committee.

President Barack Obama wants her to serve again and will ask members of the DNC to ratify his choice when they meet in late January. In a message on Twitter on Monday, Obama cited her "excellent work," adding, "Thanks for all you do, Debbie." She replied, "Thank you, Mr. President. I am honored to serve."

Obama's backing makes certain that Wasserman Schultz, 46, of Weston, will be re-elected.

She became chairwoman in spring 2011 after Tim Kaine stepped down to successfully run for U.S. Senate in Virginia. She quickly gained a reputation as a tenacious fundraiser and advocate for the president, doing 885 events in 18 months in 31 states and 170 cities, according to Democrats.

The partisan nature of the job drew standard griping from Republicans — and some intra-party grumbling — but the election was as good as Democrats could have hoped. They kept control of the Senate and made gains in the House. Obama even carried Florida, where Wasserman Schultz helped ease concern among Jewish voters over the president's positions on Israel.

Challenges await. With Obama off the ballot, attention turns to the 2014 midterm elections. Democrats will try to take the House while maintaining their slight advantage in the Senate.

Wasserman Schultz, who easily dispatched her Republican challenger for a fifth House term, has had a quick rise in Washington and is considered a potential House speaker. After the election she had been contemplating her options, which became clearer when Rep. Nancy Pelosi said she would keep the title of Democratic leader.

For the GOP, Reince Priebus is the favorite to be elected to another term as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Alex Leary can be reached at leary@tampabay.com. Follow him on Twitter @learyreports.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz to remain head of Democratic National Committee 12/03/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 10:45pm]
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