Walz gets DCCC slot

WASHINGTON - Tim Walz, a veteran of several tough campaigns, will now get the chance to share some of his experiences with other U.S. House Democrats who represent swing and conservative districts.

On Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Walz would lead the group's Frontline Program for members in highly competitive seats. Walz is an alum of the program and his district has voted for George W. Bush and President Obama in the past decade.

Frontline members get help with fundraising and some logistical support from the party. They also aren't expected to contribute campaign funds to the national party organization.

"Congressman Walz is battle-tested and will be a tremendous leader in our incumbent protection program because he knows firsthand how to win in a tough district," said DCCC chairman U.S. Rep. Steve Israel in a blog post.

Walz, who was first elected in 2006 by defeating an incumbent Republican, had a relatively easy re-election effort this time around, but in 2010 he had a hard-fought campaign.

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