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Reid Picks Schumer Over Durbin

Illinois just can’t win today. First, two terrible candidates for mayor of Chicago. Then, on his last day in office, disgraced Congressman Aaron Schock decides to compare himself to Lincoln in his farewell speech, even though, despite the fact that he was an Illinois politician, Abraham Lincoln never faced a likely FBI investigation into his misuse of campaign funds. 

And now, Dick Durbin, the Illinois Senator anticipated to be Harry Reid’s successor, has fallen by the wayside in favor of Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has endorsed Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) to succeed him after he retires at the end of 2016.

“I think Schumer should be able to succeed me,” Reid said in a Friday morning interview at his home in Washington’s West End.

Reid predicted that Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat in leadership and a close friend, would win the Democratic leader post without opposition. He said that the other likely contender, Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), would stand down for Schumer.

Reid and Durbin spoke by phone at about 11 a.m. Friday.

Obviously, the Democratic leadership doesn’t have to take Reid up on his suggestion. His endorsement is important, but if they feel they’d rather have a middle-American blowhard than a costal one, they could certainly jettison his endorsement and still go with Durbin.

Schumer is, of course, a much better fundraiser than Durbin, and while he may not be able to be as effectively awful as a strategist, his Durbin-esque scratchy demeanor could mean more cash for Dems in the long run, especially since he’s basically Wall Street’s home Senator. According to Reid, that shouldn’t end up coloring the public persona of the Democratic Party as the party of the not-so-rich because they still have Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-$8.5M net worth), as a voice for the populist progressive wing.



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