Harry Reid creates special leadership job for Chuck Schumer

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November 16, 2010

By MANU RAJU, POLITICO

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to overhaul the Senate Democratic leadership next year, handing New York Sen. Chuck Schumer an expanded role spearheading the party’s messaging efforts.

In a letter obtained by POLITICO, Reid tells his colleagues that the party needs to “better integrate our legislative- and message-crafting functions into a coordinated nucleus managing policy, press and politics.”

As a result, he said, the Senate leadership will unite its policy arm with its communications center into a “joint operation” run by Schumer.

“I have asked Senator Schumer, whose communications abilities and tactical skills we all greatly respect, to lead this effort as chairman of the new office.”

Reid, who eked out a hard-fought reelection victory earlier this month, clearly senses the need to improve his caucus’ political operations in the face of an emboldened Republican Party that now will control 47 seats in the Senate and a powerful House majority.

In addition to moving senators into key spots, Reid is making a shift in his leadership office, according to sources involved with the internal talks.

David Krone, a top political aide for the majority leader, will assume the chief of staff position, the sources say. Krone will take over for Gary Myrick, who will soon be named secretary of the Senate majority, a critical position that puts him in the middle of procedural and policy disputes on the Senate floor.

At the same time, Reid wants to sharpen his party’s communications apparatus by tying it more closely to the policy and procedural decisions that dominate the media’s attention.

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