The House campaign committee chairmen typically hold safe districts so they can concentrate on their big-picture responsibilities.

But according to Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) could be an exception.

"He came from a district that was once and could easily be again a Republican district," he told The Ballot Box. 

Israel's Long Island district, which he won in 2000 after Republican Rep. Rick Lazio left to run for Senate, could help inform his performance as chairman, according to Weiner. "He represents kind of a classic American district, suburban-exurban, which is where a lot of these races are getting fought."

Weiner said he has high expectations for his fellow New Yorker, who was appointed to head the DCCC in November and tasked with winning back the Democratic majority.

"My view is that all DCCC chairs should be from New York. We just operate at a different speed than the rest of the country — meaning faster," Weiner said.

Read our profile of Israel here.