Another top Reid staffer set to depart
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.
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.
| January 3, 2011; 4:33 PM ET
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