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With Pelosi staying put, what's next move for Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

Rep. Nancy Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues this morning that she will remain in Congress, ensuring another term as leader of the caucus. The move short circuits a chess game between would-be successors, including Florida's Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Wasserman Schultz, who would not have challenged Steny Hoyer for leader but was certain to move up the ladder, has a few options, according to people close to her:

She can stay on as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, having served only a year and a half and doing what was, by most accounts, a stellar job. There's speculation that she would give up the gig after the election but that's not a given. President Obama would have to signal he wants to keep her on.

She can start a Super PAC. Wasserman Schultz was already a proven fundraiser before her DNC but made many new contact that could make her a force as Democrats try to recapture the House.

Posted by Alex Leary at 10:01:40 am on November 14, 2012

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