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Poersch to Drive DSCC Through 2006 Cycle

Incoming Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) has chosen J.B. Poersch, chief of staff to Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), to serve as executive director of the Caucus’ campaign arm.

Poersch was offered the job late last week and accepted today, according to informed party sources.

He takes the reins from David Rudd, who is expected to return to his lobbying firm, the Palmetto Group.

Poersch, who most recently ran Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s (D) presidential campaign in Ohio, had been mentioned repeatedly for slots at the party campaign committees in the past.

He ran then-Vice President Al Gore’s coordinated campaign effort in Ohio in 2000 and two years earlier served as campaign manager for then-Rep. Scotty Baesler’s (D-Ky.) unsuccessful Senate bid.

Earlier this month, Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) announced that her chief political operative, Mark Stephens, would serve as execuitve director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

— Chris Cillizza

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