Democrats gather to re-elect president's pick to run party

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 9:35am

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Democratic National Committee is expected to make it official Tuesday, by formally re-electing Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida as DNC chair.

And if there's little drama surrounding the re-election of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus later this week in Charlotte, North Carolina, there's even less drama for the Democrats.

By tradition, a sitting president gets to choose who leads his party committee, and early last month President Barack Obama said he wanted the Democratic congresswoman from Florida to stay on as party chairwoman. Wasserman Schultz got some credit for helping the president narrowly carry her home state, a crucial battleground in the race for the White House, and for helping the party pick up seats in both the House and the Senate.

Wasserman Schultz's re-election by committee members will be the main order of business as the DNC holds its one day annual winter meeting. The gathering, here in the nation's capital, comes one day after Obama's second inauguration.

"We're real excited to have the DNC members come to town. Many if not all the members attending the meetings also witnessed the historic second inauguration of President Barack Obama," DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse told CNN. "The primary piece of business will be affirming the president's choice of Debbie Wasserman Schultz to continue leading the party."

Obama gave the five-term congresswoman from south Florida the nod to serve as chair in early 2011, when chairman Tim Kaine, the former Virginia governor, stepped down to run for an open U.S Senate seat in his home state.

While there's no change at the top of the committee, there will be plenty of turnover among other party officer positions. A Democratic source with knowledge of the proceedings tells CNN that longtime DNC party secretary Alice Germond will be stepping down from her position, as will vice chairs Linda Chavez Thompson and Rep. Mike Honda, and national finance chair Jane Stetson.

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