DCCC chief: Dems shouldn't politicize bin Laden death

Democrats shouldn’t seek to gain politically from the killing of Osama bin Laden, the party’s campaign chief in the House said Tuesday.

"I don’t believe we ought to be politicizing this," the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), told The Hill. "This is not something that ought to be interpreted as good or bad for any political party. It is good for the country."

A Washington Post/Pew Research poll released Tuesday showed a spike in President Obama’s approval ratings after he announced bin Laden’s death on Sunday night.

Analysts have predicted a short-term political benefit for Obama, but whether it lasts into the 2012 campaign will depend on a variety of factors.

While House Democrats trying to regain the majority in the lower chamber have little to no ground on which to claim credit for bin Laden’s ouster, stronger support for Obama at the top of the ballot could help House candidates in a presidential election year.

Democrats need a net gain of 25 seats to retake control of the House next year.