By Alexandra Jaffe - 11/15/12 12:38 AM EST
Sen. Michael BennetMichael BennetReid: Judiciary a 'rubber stamp' for Trump-McConnell GOP Senate candidate wins right to be on Colorado ballot EPA ozone rule looms large in swing state MORE (D-Colo.) has no hard deadline to decide whether he will take on the chairmanship of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), a position he was offered but turned down in 2010.
Bennet spoke with Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidMellman: Give positive a chance Koch network super-PAC launches ad buys in Wisconsin, Nevada Trump: 'I'd have to think about' Cruz for Supreme Court MORE (D-Nev.) on Monday about the job, a Senate Democratic aide confirmed to The Hill, but has not yet made his decision.
Bennet turned down Reid’s offer in 2010, having just completed a tough race and with Democrats facing an uphill battle to retain the majority in 2012.
The freshman senator would be taking over a position held by Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayOvernight Healthcare: Medicare fight looms on Capitol Hill Senate GOP hardening stance against emergency funding for Zika Overnight Healthcare: More trouble for Zika funding MORE (D-Wash.), who oversaw unexpected gains for Democrats this year when the party added two seats.
Democrats again will have a challenge holding onto the Senate going into the 2014 elections, as six of their party members will be running in red states and six will compete in swing states.
But Bennet’s experience running in a swing state, as well as his ability to relate well to colleagues, could be an asset to the committee, sources say, as Democrats plan to place a large emphasis on recruitment, which boosted their efforts this past Election Day.
Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharLobbying World Dem senators: Slash executive pay at pension plans seeking benefit cuts Judiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights MORE (Minn.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandCarter pledges probe of sex assault testimony This week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline Maryland Senate primary intensifies MORE (N.Y.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseJudiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights Senate looks for easy wins amid 2016 gridlock Portman focuses on drug abuse epidemic in new ad MORE (R.I.) have also been floated as options for the position, but a spokeswoman for Gillibrand said the senator isn’t interested.