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Pelosi Meets With 5 Potential DCCC Chairmen

Pelosi is a California Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Pelosi is a California Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has met with five possible contenders to run the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2016, according to her office, though she has not decided whom she will ultimately select.  

On Thursday, Pelosi met with Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado, Jim Himes of Connecticut and Joaquin Castro of Texas. Also per her office, Pelosi had a meeting Tuesday with Rep. Lois Frankel of Florida, and she met Friday with Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland.  

A number of those members have been publicly angling for the role , including Frankel and Edwards — who spent the final days of the 2014 cycle on the trail with House candidates .  

Castro’s meeting took place Thursday afternoon and lasted for 32 minutes, according to a source with direct knowledge of the gathering. He has emerged as a serious contender for the role, the source said.  

Unlike Republicans — who vote for the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee — the leader of the House Democrats appoints the chairman of the DCCC. Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon is a shoo-in for a second term as chairman  of the National Republican Congressional Committee.  

The current chairman of the DCCC, Steve Israel of New York, has said he will not continue in that role for a third cycle in 2016.  

Democrats hold their leadership elections early next week. But members and aides familiar with the process say it’s not clear when Pelosi could actually make her announcement.  

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