Earlier this evening, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez accepted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's invitation to become the Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Reid will officially announce Menendez's appointment tomorrow. Menendez will replace Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who announced today that he would step down after four years heading the DSCC.
Menendez becomes the third New Jersey Senator to chair the DSCC. Jon Corzine held the post in 2003-04, and Robert Torricelli was DSCC Chairman in 1999-2000.