Senator Harry Reid’s disdain for, and attacks against, the Koch brothers are well documented, highly controversial and often written about. A recent Politico piece detailed a handful of the Nevada Democrat’s belligerent tirades against the two businessmen, Charles and David Koch, private citizens known to be big financial backers of conservative causes and candidates.
The Senate majority leader, whose unscripted attacks can veer into bellicosity and take liberties with facts, spoke on the Senate floor last October and appeared to blame billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch for the government shutdown.
After Reid’s ad-libbed comments, his office developed a strategy for a coordinated campaign that’s expected to resume this month and carry clear through Election Day and beyond. It’s been shaped and reinforced by Reid’s staff, including former operatives of the liberal Center for American Progress, which had pioneered Koch-bashing politics years earlier.
So when the president that Reid constantly defends and protects does something that could be seen as a poke in the eye to the Koch-bashing senator…when Obama nominates a former Koch industries executive to a federal post, one has to wonder what’s going through the minds of both men.
As we learn from freebeacon.com, Victoria Hughes — at one time a grant-maker at the Charles Koch Foundation — has been tapped by the president for a spot on the Corporation for National and Community Service’s board of directors.
Hughes is currently a development officer at Ashland University. Prior to that position, she served in senior roles at Koch Industries, the company owned by libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch, and for a number of Koch-affiliated groups.
There’s been no indication as yet from Harry Reid — who has blamed the men who used to employ Victoria Hughes for nearly every ill facing America today — if the Senate majority leader will allow the nomination to proceed.
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