It’s kinda the final piece of the puzzle for the Democrats. Who will succeed Joe Cryan as Chairman of the Democratic State Committee in January. Cryan will likely have his hands full as Majority Leader and all signs point to someone new taking over what many have described as a “thankless job.”
There are a 113 seats on the committee although there are only 110 votes since there are some vacancies. Also, some members have only half votes ( don’t ask ).
We have already heard of two potential candidates – Assemblyman John Wisniewski from Middlesex who currently chairs Transportation and Assembywoman Nellie Pou from Paterson ( who is apparently not interested in primary-ing Senator John Girgenti despite threats from the left because he voted against gay marriage on Senate Judiciary December 7 ).
But here is a radical idea – will Codey make a bid for the Chairmanship? There are a lot reasons why this theory makes sense including the obvious one that Codey wouldn’t simply be slipping back into a 1 of 23 roll within the party’s Senate majority. He would be taking the reigns of an organization that helps call the shots for the party particularly during campaign season. And he will most certainly be playing an out-sized role in redrawing the map after the 2010 census.
But like with many things, it might come down to dollars. ( Remember HL Mencken’s famous line – “Anytime somebody tells you it’s not about the money…it’s about the money.” ) Both Pou and Wisniewski had Candidate Committees, fundraising arms, they established to run for Assembly. Pou hasn’t spent all of it, and the cash on hand in that account is said to be just south of $200,000 ( I don’t have an exact figure because a certain ELEC website has been down ). Wisniewski’s comparable committee had $360,304.68, according to the 20-day post election filing. The point however is not who has more between these two candidates. Because if they were to transfer those dollars to the DSC and give the organization a welcomed cash infusion they would be limited to $25,000 each. Those are the rules, folks…I don’t make ’em.
Codey on the other hand currently holds the keys to the Senate Democratic Majority Legislative Leadership PAC. And guess how much was in there as of October 15 ( the last filing )??? $967,869.51. That’s a lot-o-cash. And guess what the limit is on contributions to the DSC. You guessed it – NONE.
So, here it is. Codey could take over the DSC Chairmanship and transfer nearly a million over. As of Ocober 15 the DSC account had $373,882.54 and no doubt it was depleted further since the election was 18 days after that filing. So, the long and short of it is nearly a million bucks would make Codey a very attractive partner for the DSC. In other words, Codey would still be sought after and needed by people, including those who may have spurned him.
Will he do it???? Hard to say. But armed with all that, it might be hard for anyone to say no if he wants to.