Polis To Lead DCCC’s “Red to Blue” Program

A big job for Colorado Rep. Jared Polis going into 2012, as Politico’s Alex Isenstadt reports:

[DCCC Chairman Steve] Israel has…tapped Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards and Colorado Rep. Jared Polis to lead the DCCC’s Red to Blue program, which provides a support network for Democratic candidates running in GOP-held districts. Democrats, who are looking to pick up 25 seats to retake control of the House, have launched a “Drive to 25” campaign designed to highlight their effort.

“The DCCC has the best, most aggressive leadership team in the business. Reps. Allyson Schwartz, Jim Himes, Donna Edwards and Jared Polis [have the] perfect combination of drive, experience, political know-how and leadership savvy to make this the shortest Republican majority in history,” Israel said in a statement. “I’m thrilled they will be working with us this cycle to ensure Democratic members and candidates have the tools and resources they need to win.”

It’s a tall order for Democrats to recapture the House of Representatives in 2012–but one of their prime targets, and the #1 Democratic pickup opportunity in this state next year, as we’ve discussed in this space many times is Rep. Scott Tipton, embattled freshman from Cortez. We’re thinking Tipton would prefer, if he got to pick, that someone on the ground in Colorado not be in charge of the Democrats’ “Red to Blue” program…

This job is also a sign of Rep. Polis’ continued upward mobility–you might remember that “Red to Blue” is the brainchild of one Rahm Emanuel, whose career has done pretty well since he first instituted the program prior to the 2004 elections. The previous co-chairs of this program, Chris Van Hollen and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, have both moved on to the upper echelons of House and Democratic National Committee leadership respectively.

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  1. DavidThi808 says:

    He’s one hell of a fighter. And equally important, an awesome fundraiser.

  2. ellbee says:

    Because Obama has been personally spearheading the national blue to red program with vigor.

    Thank you, thank you.  I’ll be here all week.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      You so funny elbutt.

      Do really believe Republicans are any better at job creation than they were at finding Bin Laden?  I didn’t think so.

      • ellbee says:

        Loved those midterms.  Round 2 coming in November of 2012.

        • Ralphie says:

          Now that Paul Ryan has old farts like me (who vote in droves) all fired up and armed with pitchforks and torches.

        • RedGreen says:

          In a solidly GOP NY district where an embrace of the Ryan plan to do away with Medicare has endangered the Republican. Good luck with that!

          • ellbee says:

            I love the fake Tea Party candidate the Dems threw in to take votes away from the GOP candidate.

            This guy…

            • Middle of the Road says:

              Wow, you really don’t know the first thing about this race, do you?  

            • Aristotle says:

              It’s the economy, and the GOP has been more interested in regulating women’s vaginas and attacking working people…

              • ellbee says:

                When pro-union folks use the terms “working families” or “working people”, etc., they need to be preceded with the qualifier “a tiny percentage of”.  

                You know, just to be accurate and honest.

                • Aristotle says:

                  benefit from union-won gains, I’d think that that’s neither accurate nor honest.

                  • ellbee says:

                    Perhaps in the past, but you can’t keep invoking Ludlow or the weekend when you have States being bankrupted by greedy public union bosses.

                    (Was that hyperbolic enough? )

                    • Aristotle says:

                      Hyperbolic enough, that is. 🙂

                      Your hatred of unions makes you unable to discuss this with even a token degree of objectivity. Blaming finance ill on only one thing is a dead giveaway that the GOP isn’t interested in real solutions.

                    • DavidThi808 says:

                      The job of the union is to represent the worker. And they do that. The job of the state is to represent the state and negotiate a deal with the union that makes sense for the state.

                    • ellbee says:

                      And their money goes to “hire” their bosses (I’m speaking of public employee unions).

                      So then, they go to negotiations ‘against’ the politician whose job depends on getting union money.

                      Nobody represents the taxpayer.

                    • Gray in the mountains says:

                      the public body represents the taxpayer and should carefully seek someone to negotiate for them. I’ve done it several times. The public body tells me what is important to them. I report frequently to that body about progress and seek input. Negotiations are an important and, when done correctly, respectful way, to address all parties concerns. Its give and take at its American finest

                    • ellbee says:

                      Jeffco Schools just voted to close the negotiations to the public.  Why would they do something like that?

            • But the real problem for Republican Corwin in this race isn’t Davis, who is down to about 12% of the vote now.

              The real problem is that when surveyed, voters in the district reported that the most important thing to them was:

              Medicare – 21%

              Jobs – 20%

              Deficits – 19%

              Corwin loses her lead on those top two, and Hochul has been hammering her on the Medicare issue hard.  (And, should she have to fall back to issue #3, Deficits, she could promote the Ronald Reagan Restoration of America and Tax Cutting Budget, currently offered as the House Progressive Caucus budget plan and the most responsible budget plan currently being circulated.)

  3. RegisteredRepublican says:

    Except for spending an obscene money on a congressional campaign, Jared Polis brings nothing to his new position.  While Dems struggle to take back the House, they are in real jeopardy of losing the U.S. Senate in 2012.

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