DNC chair reportedly looking to leave amid tensions with Biden White House

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The chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has reportedly considered an early exit as fears of a Republican rout in the midterms leave him vulnerable amid plummeting approval ratings for President Biden. 

In an interview with NBC News, DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison pledged to fulfill his full four-year term, saying he “made a commitment to be president.” 

Current Democratic National Committee chair Jaime Harrison during his run for U.S.  Senate at a drive-in campaign rally at Wilson High School in Florence, South Carolina, U.S. October 24, 2020.  

But a report citing current and former DNC officials revealed a strained relationship between Harrison and the White House and uncertainty that he will remain in his role ahead of the midterms, which political pundits have forecast to spell disaster for Democrats. 

Biden has taken a beating in polls as his approval rating continues to drop, hitting 41.8% approval and 52.9% disapproval, according to the latest aggregation from pollster 538. 

Joe Biden spoke about Democrats voting legislation in Georgia.
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Prominent Pennsylvania Democrats Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and Attorney General Josh Shapiro declined to appear in a photo-op with Biden during his visit to the state this week. The pair cited scheduling conflicts, which some analysts noted as fairly unusual, particularly as both men are gunning for new positions this year. 

One former DNC official said that Harrison has been “marginalized” because he’s “not out there fighting the fight.” 

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman speaks as he stands beside state Attorney General Josh Shapiro during a news conference about legal action in the dispute between health insurance providers UPMC and Highmark, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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“You don’t hear about him,” another former party official said. “You don’t hear about him. You don’t see him. There’s nothing there.” 

The question remained “whether he gets out before the curtain comes down in November,” as staying in his seat would position him as the prime scapegoat should Republicans succeed in flipping both the House and Senate. 

​”​We have a lot of important work left to do, which is why we want Jaime out there more, not less – more television, more campaign rallies, more fundraising,” a Biden adviser said. “He’s an asset and we will need him out there for the work we have ahead.”

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