Maloney competing to lead DCCC

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is one of four House Democrats reportedly competing to become the next chairman of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in an election their caucus is set to hold for leadership positions on Nov. 28.

Three publications – The Hill, Roll Call and The Atlantic – all have reported since Saturday that Maloney, who won a fourth term in New York’s 18th Congressional District seat by 10 points last week, was courting support to run the House Democrats’ campaign arm. In a letter to his colleagues that was posted on Twitter, Maloney outlined his strengths, including his having unseated a Republican incumbent (Nan Hayworth, in 2012), won re-election in a district that President Trump won in 2016 and led a five-month study of DCCC operations after the 2016 election that led to “dozens of reforms.”

“No other candidate has a more extensive knowledge of the DCCC, its $250 million budget, personnel structure and national operations than I do,” Maloney wrote. “Nor would any other candidate better understand the next generation of reforms we must implement.”

Maloney also stressed his fundraising prowess. “In just the last two years, I have personally raised more than $6 million into multiple political committees,” he said, referring to his congressional campaign account and the donations he collected for his unsuccessful bid for state attorney general this year. “I will be relentless and out-raise the Republicans.”

Maloney is reportedly competing for the DCCC chairmanship with Suzan DelBene and Denny Heck of Washington; and Cheri Bustos of Illinois. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico led the DCCC for the last four years, and is said to be vying now to be the next assistant Democratic leader.

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