Incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) is telling people to “get over it” when it comes to any perceived animosity between him and the Obama administration. This comes after his Chief of Staff, David Krone, told reporters after Election Day that Democrats and the White House “were never going to get on the same page.”
On the day after Election Day, when the GOP won the Senate and strengthened their majority in the House of Representatives, Krone told The Washington Post that Reid, along with with other Democratic Senate leaders, pleaded with Obama to transfer millions of dollars to Senate campaign coffers in a last ditch effort to save the upper chamber.
“We were never going to get on the same page,” Krone said. “We were beating our heads against the wall.” Krone, a former cable executive who has known Reid for more than 20 years, added:
“The president’s approval rating is barely 40 percent…What else more is there to say?…He wasn’t going to play well in North Carolina or Iowa or New Hampshire. I’m sorry. It doesn’t mean that the message was bad, but sometimes the messenger isn’t good.”
The New York Times reported Friday Krone’s actions of “publicly challenging the President, betraying the Oval Office code of silence and acting more like a senator than a staff member to one – have damaged Democratic unity at a time when the party can least afford it.”
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Former Obama Chief of Staff Bill Daley told The Times: “Undercutting the President’s staff at a time of transition to a new majority is pretty outrageous.” Daley added:
“For Krone to do this and there’s no retribution? Unbelievable.”
Reid, for his part, seems rather unmoved by his Chief of Staff’s speaking out. The Times notes that although he did not encourage Krone to talk to reporters, he is not upset either. “They should just get over it,” said Reid.
“I have a good relationship with the President. This is all staff driven. Get a life. Forget about this.”
The Times also points out that congressional staffers have been banned from White House meetings in an effort to keep Krone out. There is also another twist: Krone’s wife is the recently departed and trusted White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, who took a job with Vice Media. Krone promised his wife, whom he married last November, that he would never write a book about the White House.
H/T National Review
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