Ben Ray Lujan: Republicans helping Democrats pick up seats in 2018

Steve Pearce isn’t the only New Mexican in Congress in good spirits this week.  Ben Ray Lujan, Congressman representing New Mexico’s northern district, is the chair of the committee responsible for recruiting candidates for Congress and his predictions for Democratic wins in 2018 got a lot rosier this week. 

From The New Mexico Political Report:
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of Nambe is going to be a key figure for Democrats in the next election cycle. That’s because he’s the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. As such, he’s tasked with aiding Democrats in their pursuit of retaking the U.S. House of Representatives—and while he won’t say if he’s confident Democrats will do so in the 2018 midterms, he says they will pick up seats… “It’s too early to know what’s going to happen in November of 2018, but I can tell you Democrats in the House are on offensive, and there’s no question that we will pick up seats in 2018,” he said according to the paper.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján to Head DCCC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a move most political watchers didn’t see coming, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today chose New Mexico’s own Rep. Ben Ray Luján as the new chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).  

This is a big deal. The DCCC fundraises, recruits candidates, and organizes races seen as crucial to Democrats increasing their numbers in the House. This move substantially raises Rep. Luján’s political profile — who was just elected to his fourth term in the U.S. House from NM’s 3rd Congressional District — especially going into 2016 when Democrats are hoping a more favorable electorate will see them increase their caucus numbers. Democratic Representatives Donna Edwards (Maryland), Jim Himes (Connecticut), Jared Polis (Colorado), and Joaquin Castro (Texas) were previously thought to be in line for the position.