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Posted at 3:27 PM ET, 11/15/2010

Senate Democrats fill leadership jobs

By Shailagh Murray

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) will take on an expanded role in Senate Democratic leadership as the head of a new entity responsible for crafting the party's messaging and rapid-response operations. And a Senate freshman, Sen. Mark Begich (Alaska), will rise to the No. 5 leadership job in the chamber, a major concession to junior Democrats who are seeking a greater voice in Senate decision-making.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) will officially announce the new positions at a Democratic caucus meeting Tuesday. But Schumer's elevated perch is a signal that Democrats intend to become more aggressive in the next Congress in using their majority to highlight policy differences with Republicans. The New York Democrat is known for his combative political style, but tends to be an incrementalist when it comes to policy, favoring measured steps as opposed to broad strokes.

Schumer also will play a major role in helping shape 2012 election strategy for the 23 members of the Democratic caucus who face reelection in two years. His co-chair will be Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who emerged as a prominent Democratic voice during the health-care debate last year.

The following is a letter Reid sent to his Democratic colleagues Monday afternoon:

Dear Colleagues,

Some of you have spent the last few weeks on the campaign trail. Others toured your states, meeting with your constituents. However you spent October, I trust you are returning to the Senate and looking forward to the 112th Congress with the same renewed motivation I'm bringing with me from Nevada. I know you are also bringing with you fresh reminders of how much work we have left to help our economy regain its strength.

I have given serious thought to how our caucus can best address this and the many other challenges our country will face in the next two years and beyond. If I am fortunate enough to serve again as your Leader, one of my first priorities will be to strengthen our strategic operations.

To do so, we must better integrate our legislative- and message-crafting functions into a central, coordinated nucleus managing policy, press and politics. That starts with uniting the Democratic Policy Committee and the Senate Democratic Communications Center into a joint operation. 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. I have asked Senator Stabenow, whose work leading the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee has been exemplary, to support Senator Schumer as Vice Chairman. I have also asked Senator Begich to lead the Steering and Outreach Committee.

I look forward to discussing these plans with you during tomorrow's caucus meeting. Whatever changes we make, our charge remains the same: coordinating our caucus as effectively as possible so we can accomplish our number-one responsibility: getting people back to work.

Sincerely,

HARRY REID
Majority Leader

By Shailagh Murray  | November 15, 2010; 3:27 PM ET
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Reading Reid's letter, I see nothing about what THE PEOPLE WANT! Only how they can plot to ram more socialist/big government down our throats!

This show's their complete lack of respect for representative government!

Remember that Reid and his AMNESTY CONSPIRATORS ARE DETERMINED TO REWARD ILLEGAL INVADERS AT THE EXPENSE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT AMERICANS HAVE SPOKEN OUT LOUDLY EIGHT TIMES TO BEAT BACK AMNESTY! This act will drive this country straight into third world status in very short order yet they don't care! What traitors!

Posted by: TexRancher | November 21, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Dems fill leadership job: Good that's what been missing from the Dems - Leadership.

Now where can they find a true leader in the Democrat/socialist/Marxist party?

The One didn't prove to be much of a leader unless you're determined to drown this country in debt and build up the ILLEGAL INVADER base kissing up to foreign nationals and appointing to government posts only those who hate this country and all it stands for!

Posted by: TexRancher | November 21, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Looks like with Schumer in the lead, isreal will continue to suck on the teat of the American Taxpayer. Israel is the 23rd richest country in the world. Weaning Israel off the US Taxpayer funded teat is long overdue!

Israel has been on the teat for decades. We could better use the billions that we waste on Israel right here in the USA.

Israel repeatedly demonstrates a total lack of respect for international law, except when they are the beneficiary. And Israel was recently condemned by the International Red Cross, for egregious human rights abuses. Israel simply cannot control itself. This should impact their US payment, but for some un-Godly reason, it does not

Israel only does what Israel wants to do. Like they did in the Lavon Affair (Operation Susannah); then by the Israeli attempt to steal top secret communications equipment from the United States Navy, when they deliberately attacked the USS LIBERTY in international waters, killing and wounding 204 American, taxpaying, US sailors; Israel's selling weapons to South Africa in violation of US sanctions, and their constant spying on us and stealing our secrets. The American taxpayer owes Israel nothing!

Again, Israel is the 23rd richest country in the world. Israel should pay for their own weapons. Israel should get the money from TEVA -- not us American Taxpayers.

Posted by: w32e31 | November 16, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

F-4Phantom, Harry always has such nice things to say about you

Posted by: JustDave6 | November 15, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

This power-hungry, camera-seeking, slimey, unctuos lizard is the epitome of all that is wrong in DC!

Posted by: F-4Phantom | November 15, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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