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Wasserman Schultz, Kendrick Meek Seen As Up-and-Comers

Posted Dec 11, 2006 by William March

Updated Dec 11, 2006 at 01:09 PM

The Washington Post identifies two Florida Democrats as the ”30-Something Working Group,”  who are “a loose collection of House Democrats in their 30s and 40s who have begun making waves.”

The Post says Reps. Kendrick Meek, from Miami, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, are the core of the group, along with and Timothy Ryan of Ohio. According to the Post, the 3 gave floor speeches during the special orders session around 10 or 11 p.m. and were recorded by C-SPAN. That apparently had some impact, the Post reports:

“I was in the Minneapolis airport and the clerk in a shop said to me, ‘Are you on TV?’ ” Wasserman Schultz said. “I couldn’t believe it. People across the country were watching.”

Incoming House speaker Nancy Pelosi has appointed Wasserman Schultz a deputy chief Whip and Meek will be on the party’s steering committee, “which sets policy and makes committee assignments.”  Wasserman Schultz is also being considered for a seat on the prestigious Ways and Means Committee, which sets tax policy, and Meek wans a seat on the seat on the Appropriations Committee.

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