Lois Frankel’s name floated as possible DCCC chair

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Along with worries of how many seats the party will lose Nov. 4, House Democrats are also wondering who will be the next chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

One name recently floated is Florida’s Rep. Lois Frankel, who would not rule out the opportunity when asked for a comment by CQ Roll Call.

“I am focused right now on electing as many Democrats to Congress as possible for the 2014 cycle,” Frankel responded in a prepared statement. “I will be honored to continue to these efforts going forward in whatever capacity I can be most helpful.”

Frankel’s prosperous South Florida district helped her become a successful fundraiser for the DCCC during her first term.

September caucus fundraising reports show Frankel received high marks of her legislative class for her committee work — second to Wisconsin’s Rep. Mark Pocan.

“I’ve heard her name mentioned a few times,” one House Democratic insider related to CQ Roll Call. “I don’t know how true it is, but we’ll have to see how the elections plays out.

“We all know this is Pelosi’s decision and Pelosi’s decision alone,” the unnamed insider added

House Democratic leaders choose the DCCC chair after each election cycle, which will be House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, unless she steps down unexpectedly. She has not publicly talked about her intentions.

To take control of the House from the GOP, Democrats must win 17 seats, but it will most likely lose seats Nov. 4. As a result, many operatives believe the new DCCC chair will have a rough road ahead.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.