President-elect Joe Biden has tapped South Carolina’s Jaime Harrison to chair the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Harrison gained national notoriety as he fundraised a history-breaking amount in his unsuccessful campaign to unseat South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham. Harrison is the former South Carolina Democratic Chair and currently works as a DNC associate and senior counselor. Harrison also previously worked as an aide to third-ranking Democrat and huge Biden supporter James Clyburn. Biden’s selection of Harrison to head the DNC is a clear sign of the influence Clyburn has on the incoming Biden administration.
Fox News reports:
Former DNC chair Donna Brazile, a Fox News contributor, said Harrison was a logical choice to lead the national committee. “He knows the DNC and he knows the party structure,” Brazile noted. “He had good ties to the White House.”
Harrison will be formally elected next Thursday, Jan. 21, when the DNC holds its Winter Meeting. The annual gathering will be held virtually this time amid the coronavirus pandemic. The election will come one day after Biden is inaugurated as president. And while DNC committee members will vote for the chair, the real decision-maker in the process was Biden, who is now the leader of the Democratic Party.
One of Harrison’s jobs going forward as DNC chair will be fundraising. Harrison raised over $130 million last year in his Senate bid, with his $57 million third quarter fundraising haul shattering the previous single-quarter Senate race record. Harrison ended up losing the election to Graham by 10 points.
Harrison will also be charged with leading the national party through the 2022 midterms, as Democrats will try to hold onto their fragile House majority and expand their razor thin majority in the Senate. And he’ll be tasked with the difficult job of keeping the peace between the Democratic Party’s progressive and moderate wings.
Last week the Republican National Committee unanimously voted to re-elect Ronna McDaniel to steer the Republican Party.
Being chair of the Republican National Committee has been an honor of the lifetime, and I’m so honored to be re-elected.
We have a lot of work to do heading into 2022 and I'm ready to make sure Republicans up and down the ballot have the resources they need to win! pic.twitter.com/RuOdo9ulWh
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 8, 2021