Schumer Steps Down as DSCC Chief

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) declined another term as Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) chairman, the post from which he has led his party to gains in the Senate for two straight cycles.

Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.) will take over as DSCC chief, reports The New York Times.

With Schumer leading their campaign efforts, Democrats retook control of the Senate after the 2006 elections and could hold as many as 60 seats next year. Thanks partly to his success at the DSCC two years ago, Schumer was elevated to vice chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, the third-highest position in the caucus.