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The Fight for Senate Majority Leader Reid’s spot has begun…….

Merlin advised the Dog that he though that if Senator Reid packed it in (he say’s he isn’t right now)…..Senator Durbin (IlL – D) would be the natural choice to succeed Reid…….The Dog coached Merlin that he should not be surprised to see Sen Chuck Schumer aceing for the spot……

Well what do you know?!……

The second- and third-ranking Senate Democratic leaders are doling out huge sums of cash, laying the groundwork for a leadership race should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lose reelection.

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the vice chairman of the Democratic Conference, has been the biggest giver to Democratic Senate candidates, contributing $210,000 to colleagues and candidates.

During the same span, Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has given $110,000 to Senate candidates.

The leaders gave money to newcomers and candidates facing tough races. But they also contributed to those whose reelection prospects seem solid, such as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who last won in liberal Vermont with 71 percent of the vote. While Leahy probably does not need the money for reelection, Durbin and Schumer may feel they need to contribute to his campaign to cement his loyalty.

Both lawmakers gave the money through their leadership political action committees (PACs), which allies say is a sign that they are preparing for a possible leadership battle if Reid (D-Nev.) loses reelection, a prospect that is looking more likely.

Spokesmen for Durbin and Schumer declined requests for comment.

Why…you ask?

“You have a leadership PAC for a reason: You give to people that you want to support you at some point in the future,” said a former aide to one of the Democratic leaders. “Is a future leadership race part of the calculation when you give? Yes, it is.”

Who wants it more?

A Durbin ally said the possibility of replacing Reid is “far more in the mind of Chuck Schumer than anyone else” but acknowledged that Durbin has by no means ignored the possibility.

“Chuck’s level of activity of giving to his colleagues has been pretty consistent and Chuck wants to be the first to help out just generally,” said the source. “It’s part of the reason he led the [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC)] for two election cycles.

“Essentially, 14 Senate Democrats owe their seats to him and he wants to continue to protect that majority that he helped to build,” the source added.

Nuff said……

February 2, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Updates | , , ,


  1. And I’m betting that Reid will lose Reelection. Nuff said.

    Comment by Merlin | February 2, 2010 | Reply

    • He, he, he…so are those two guys!

      Comment by jamesb101 | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. Durbin is my senator but Schumer is a better leader. If he was New York’s seantor in the 50’s the Dodgers would still be in Brooklyn. Image the hell the Brooklyn born Schumer would have given Walter O’malley.

    Comment by Illinois Brandon | February 2, 2010 | Reply

    • He, he, he….no doubt…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  3. Brandon…..What’s your feel on the Governor picks and Alexi

    Comment by jamesb101 | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  4. james b,
    I voted today and turnout was very light, we had alot of early voting in my area. I like Hynes like you and Mckenna for the GOP. Quinn has just pissed off too many people over the years, plus Hynes’s father Tom led one of the most powerfull wards in Chicago. David Hoffman is better choice than Alexi. Alexi’s bank is considered troubled by federal regulators. His banks is seen as shady by many.

    Comment by Illinois Brandon | February 2, 2010 | Reply

    • You think Alexi pulls it out?

      I know Quinn is gonna lose…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | February 2, 2010 | Reply

      • Alexi could lose this. Turnout is too low for him from what I’m hearing

        Comment by Merlin | February 2, 2010

  5. Alexi might win he might lose we don’t know. Where I live on the north shore near the Wisconsin Hoffman will win.

    Comment by Illinois Brandon | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  6. IL Brandon, I agree that we can pretty much stick a fork in Quinn, he’s alienated EVERYONE in the entire state with his antics and it’s obvious Mike Madigan wanted him out of the governorship from the get-go.

    Reminds me of then-Indiana Governor Joe Kernan (D), who was defeated in 2004 due to Democratic fatigue after 16 years controlling the governorship.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  7. […] Majority leader may be up for grabs – Chuck of NY doling out […]

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