The new chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), shares his strategic approach to regain the House majority in the 2012 Congressional race. While he admitted that the Democratic Party “faces an uphill battle” he has already set a “very aggressive tone” to the Party’s recruiting efforts, and plans to go on the offense for the upcoming campaign season.
To win back the 25 seats needed for the majority, Rep. Israel underlined the importance of winning back the Independent voters who supported Republicans in the 2010 election. The best way to accomplish the task, according to the representative, is to highlight the failed promises made by the GOP on lowering the federal deficit, increasing job growth and changing the way Washington politics work.
The other part of his plan involves recruiting Democratic candidates and raising funds for the DCCC. While Rep. Israel was reluctant to name the former members of congress who could possibly run in 2012, he did say that many former members were interested in running and the group was seeking to attract the best people to run in each open district.