DNC Chair Brushes Off Calls to Resign

By Matt Loffman

Feb 16, 2010 5:20pm

ABC News’ Matt Loffman Reports: Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine brushed off calls for his resignation he has received from his fellow Virginian, former Gov. Doug Wilder.

"If you're in a leadership position, you're going to have your critics," Kaine said.  "I've been in elected office for 17 years so I know the game.  I'm proud of what we're doing."

Wilder first suggested a shakeup at the DNC and the White House last week in an opinion piece for Politico.

Wilder appeared on ABC's "Top Line" on Monday and renewed his calls for Kaine's resignation.

"The Democratic National chairman has got a lot of work to do – had a lot of work to do," Wilder said.  "That's why I'm saying, I don't know that it's in the makeup of the present chairman to undertake the job to bring the victories that are needed because the record doesn't show that it's been so."

"You strengthen the DNC chair by saying, 'Get somebody else there,'" Wilder continued.

Kaine, who just finished his tenure as governor of Virginia, acknowledged Democrats are in the midst of a tough election cycle, but he pointed to successes during his time as DNC chair.

"We're governing and we're engaged in politics at a very challenging and tough time.  We knew that going in," Kaine said.  "We have been able to do very solid work on the fundraising side – near historic for a non-president year at the DNC."

"We know it's going to be a challenging and tough cycle – historically it normally is," Kaine said.  "But we're not panicked people.  When a couple of races don't go our way, we don't panic.  If we would, we never would have won the White House in 2008."

"Critics will say what they want, but we're going to keep plowing," Kaine added.

Kaine's response came during a conference call to mark the one year anniversary of the economic stimulus package and to highlight what he called the "hypocrisy" of over 90 Republicans for simultaneously opposing the stimulus and lobbying for stimulus funding.

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