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Smoot Tapped to Run DSCC’s IE Operation

Veteran party strategist Brian Smoot will manage the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure arm for the 2010 cycle, officials confirmed Thursday.

Smoot served as political director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2008 cycle. He has most recently worked at the Democratic firm 4C Partners and as executive director of the National Democratic Redistricting Trust, a new group formed to tackle the legal side of the party’s redistricting effort.

Before working at the DCCC, Smoot served as campaign manager and later as chief of staff for Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.). He also worked as campaign manager on Pennsylvania Democrat Ginny Schrader’s 2004 campaign in the 8th district and was chief of staff for then-Democratic Rep. Rodney Alexander (La.) from 2003 until Alexander switched parties to become a Republican in August 2004.

“The DSCC will use every available resource to make sure that voters face a choice in the fall between Republicans standing with Washington special interests and Democrats who stand with them,” DSCC Executive Director J.B. Poersch said Thursday. “Brian Smoot is someone who oversaw dozens of competitive races last cycle and will bring that expertise and leadership in his new role.”

Officials at the other three Congressional committees said this week they have not yet decided who will handle their independent expenditure work this cycle.

Selecting an operative to run their independent expenditure operations is a particularly important decision for the campaign committees because these individuals must operate behind a firewall in deciding where and how to spend precious resources, and staffers at the committees are prohibited by law from being involved in those decisions.

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