Democrats gather to re-elect president's pick to run party
Turnover expected among other party officer positions
The Democratic National Committee formally re-elected Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida as DNC chair Tuesday, a move that was widely expected since President Barack Obama requested she remain in the position.
If there is little drama surrounding the re-election of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus later this week in Charlotte, North Carolina, there was even less drama for the Democrats.
"I'm honored and humbled by the confidence demonstrated by President Obama and all of you to continue to act as chair of this incredible party," Wasserman Schultz told committee members Monday, touting her party's successes in November's election and looking forward to Obama's second term.\
"There is much to do. We must continue to work of rebuilding our great nation," she said.
Wasserman Schultz said the DNC would work closely with the newly formed Organizing for Action, the non-profit, tax-exempt group that will attempt to leverage Obama's re-election campaign's powerful grassroots organization and social media operation
By tradition, a sitting president gets to choose who leads his party committee, and early last month President Barack Obama said he wanted the Democratic congresswoman from Florida to stay on as party chairwoman. Wasserman Schultz got some credit for helping the president narrowly carry her home state, a crucial battleground in the race for the White House, and for helping the party pick up seats in both the House and the Senate.
Wasserman Schultz's re-election by committee members was the main order of business as the DNC held its one day annual winter meeting Tuesday. The gathering, here in the nation's capital, came one day after Obama's second inauguration.
"We're real excited to have the DNC members come to town. Many if not all the members attending the meetings also witnessed the historic second inauguration of President Barack Obama," DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse told CNN. "The primary piece of business will be affirming the president's choice of Debbie Wasserman Schultz to continue leading the party."
Obama gave the five-term congresswoman from south Florida the nod to serve as chair in early 2011, when chairman Tim Kaine, the former Virginia governor, stepped down to run for an open U.S Senate seat in his home state.
While there's no change at the top of the committee, there will be plenty of turnover among other party officer positions. Longtime DNC party secretary Alice Germond stepped down from her position, as did vice chairs Linda Chavez Thompson and Rep. Mike Honda, and national finance chair Jane Stetson.
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