Van Hollen agrees to stay as House Dem campaign chair

November 11, 2008

WASHINGTON – Like the manager of a championship baseball team, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen has agreed to stick around to try to help chalk up another winning season.

After last week’s election, which saw Democrats expand their majority in the 435-member House of Representatives by 22 to 257, Van Hollen indicated he had had enough. He said he didn’t expect to serve another term as chairman of the House Democratic campaign committee.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepped in and asked Van Hollen to keep the job, and he agreed, party aides said.

“The speaker believed he did a great job and wanted him to stay,” one aide said.

“When the speaker asks you do something, you’re inclined to do it,” another aide said.

Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Van Hollen, second from right, celebrates election night victory with other congressional leaders)

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