Passing the Torch at the DLC
By Garance Franke-Ruta
It's the end of an era at the Democratic Leadership Council. More than two decades after founding the centrist Democratic group, Al From, 65, has announced plans to retire.
From has asked policy maven Bruce Reed, the DLC's president, to succeed him as CEO.
"The DLC has largely achieved what we set out to do when I formed it in 1985," From said in a statement. "It has played a vital role in resuscitating the Democratic Party, and it has championed ideas that have changed our country for the better. Now is the right time for the DLC to take the next step, and Bruce Reed is the right person to lead it."
Reed, who recently co-authored a book with Rahm Emanuel, now Obama's chief of staff, was chief domestic policy adviser and director of the Domestic Policy Council in the Clinton administration.
The DLC, announcing the coming shift in leadership, said that Reed "intends to focus the DLC's mission in Washington on the battle for reform and ideas" and expand its Fellows Program and efforts "to groom the next generation of reformers."
The change in leadership comes at a natural juncture in the history of the Democratic Party, Reed said.
"When I began working with Al From two decades ago, Democrats were in the political wilderness," said Reed in a statement. "Today, Democrats are the nation's majority party.... From now on, what matters in politics is making sure our ideas work."
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