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The next best thing to Obama's Blackberry

You've probably read about President Barack Obama's suped-up, super-secret Blackberry accessible only to a small circle of his closest advisors, friends and family members. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston didn't make the cut but has the next best thing: White House Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel's Blackberry.

Wasserman Schultz knows Emanuel well. When he was chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2006 election, he recruited Wasserman Schultz to help lead the party's efforts to take over Republican seats. Along with other members of the recruitment team, they met once a week at 8 a.m. for nearly two years before the election.

Asked whether she had the president's ear, Wasserman Schultz said, "I'm hopeful I would get my calls returned."

Already a rising star in the party, Wasserman Schultz was recently named vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. She's also in charge of helping vulnerable incumbents win re-election through the DCCC, so get used to her frequent television appearances. (She was on TV about once a day during the last few months of the election and is currently doing at least two interviews a week.)

As for yesterday's Republican wall of no against the stimulus package, she said, "We really meant it when we said we wanted to work in a bi-partisan way, but I guess they didn't...If they continue to go in this direction, they are going to further marginalize themselves."

The congresswoman is hosting a town hall on the economy at 7 p.m. tonight at Nautilus Middle School in Miami Beach.