Bennet offered DSCC leadership post

Posted on: 1:36 pm, November 13, 2012, by , updated on: 01:54pm, November 13, 2012

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, in his Washington office.

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, in his Washington office.

DENVER — Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet is considering whether to accept the chairmanship post atop the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, Politico’s Maggie Haberman reported Tuesday.

Bennet, who isn’t up for reelection until 2016, has already been offered the position, according to the Politico report

Bennet is close to the DSCC’s executive director, Guy Cecil, his former chief of staff and a key strategist on his 2010 campaign.

The position, while adding a grueling fundraising schedule, is often a springboard to Senate leadership spots.

Bennet often cites the time away from his wife and three young daughters as the top drawback of his job; but, clearly, he’s highly regarded as a pragmatic moderate within the Beltway and is considering the opportunity.

Two years ago, Bennet, fresh off a difficult and narrow reelection, turned down the post.

Sen. Kristin Gillibrand, D-New York, was also considered to be among the candidates for the DSCC chairmanship but may not be up for another grueling fundraising cycle after being on the ballot in 2010 and 2012.

Whoever takes the job won’t have it easy. Democrats have to defend 20 Senate seats in 2014; Republicans will have to defend just 13.