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Posted at 4:33 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Another top Reid staffer set to depart

By Felicia Sonmez

Another top aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Monday that he is leaving Reid's team, marking the latest in a series of departures since Democrats' losses in the November midterms.

Rodell Mollineau, who has served as staff director of the Senate Democratic Communications Center since 2009, is leaving by the end of the month to pursue other opportunities.

Mollineau was tapped in 2006 to serve as Reid's communications director. He previously served as communications director to then-Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.).

"Over the last four years Rodell's strategic guidance proved invaluable not just to me, but to the entire Democratic caucus," Reid said in a statement. "His abilities make him one of the most talented young communications professionals in Washington today, and while his day to day presence in the Capitol will be missed, he will always be a member of the Senate family. I thank and congratulate him for his public service thus far and for what I am confident he will achieve in the future."

The news of Mollineau's departure follows an earlier shuffle among several other members of Reid's staff.

Reid's longtime spokesperson, Jim Manley, announced late last year that he is leaving Reid's office after working in the Senate for more than 20 years. Reid's former chief of staff, Gary Myrick, has moved on to succeed Lula Davis as the new secretary for the majority; Davis is retiring after three decades of congressional service. And former Reid deputy chief of staff David Krone has succeeded Myrick as chief of staff.

Jon Summers, who served as spokesperson for Reid's Senate campaign, will stay on with the senator, and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) spokesman Brian Fallon is coming on board.

The moves come as Reid turns over the reins of Senate Democrats' messaging operation to Schumer, who will head a new office that merges the Democratic Policy Committee and the Senate Democratic Communications Center.

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 3, 2011; 4:33 PM ET
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Sometimes even RATS take a while to learn how bad the ship is sinking. Sooner or later they will turn on themselves.
Now if we could just get Reid to jump ship and go back to his CASA DEL ILLEGLAS in Nevada....

Posted by: TexRancher | January 4, 2011 7:44 AM | Report abuse

I have a friend who knows him, and he says that Reid is big jerk. (Hey! What's new about that?) He also said Reid is in so strong with the unions that they basically run the show. My friend also reports that Reid hate Pelosi because he believes that Pelosi shouldn't have gotten more press than he did.

Posted by: georges2 | January 3, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Many props to Reid and his staff for an astoundingly productive 111th Congress. Generations of Americans will benefit enormously from the changes you helped accomplish.

Reid has demonstrated an uncanny ability to squeeze blood from turnips under arcane Senate rules, and Senator Schumer's pugnacious and eloquent communication and organizing skills will constitute a powerful supplement to Reid's legislative leadership.

Posted by: paul65 | January 3, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

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