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Wasserman Schultz tapped again to raise $$ for her party

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has again been tapped to lead an effort aimed at increasing Democratic seats in Congress.

The Broward Democrat, along with Reps. Artur Davis, D-Ala, and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, will chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red-to-Blue program which seeks to pick up Republican-held seats.

Wasserman Schultz co-chaired the program in 2006, helping to raise more than $22.6 million for 56 candidates, according to the DCCC. The party added 42 new Democrats in '06, including 24 who defeated GOP incumbents.

The program targets top Dem campaigns across the country, offering them money, along with strategic support.

"There is no one better to chair our Red-to-Blue program," DCCC chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland said of Wasserman Schultz. "She's a proven leader who is building on her successful record with candidates last cycle as we face an even larger challenge."

No word yet on whether she'll be raising any money to help fellow Floridians. (The DCCC has released its first target list, but there are no Florida races on it; the next list is out later this month)

One seat of potential interest, the Republican-held Space Coast seat of Rep. Dave Weldon, who plans to retire from Congress. And there's Raul Martinez, the former Hialeah mayor who wants to unseat Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Miami. Diaz Balart has already put away $900,000 for the challenge.