Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to replace his chief of staff in what appears to be a continuation of the Nevada Democrat's attempts to show rank-and-file Democrats that he is committed to changing the way he runs the chamber in the 112th Congress.
Sources confirmed that Chief of Staff Gary Myrick will likely step aside for Deputy Chief of Staff David Krone. Myrick, however, will continue to play a leadership role for Reid, given that he is expected to take over the operations of the Democratic Cloakroom as the new Democratic Secretary. Both parties have a secretary who acts as a personal parliamentarian on the floor, and one Democratic source said Democratic Secretary Lula Davis is expected to retire.
Reid announced earlier Monday that he would be merging Democratic policy and public relations strategy and putting the No. 3 Democratic leader, Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.), in charge. That new entity will merge the Democratic Policy Committee with Reid's own communications operation, known as the “war room.”
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) will serve as vice chairwoman of the new joint venture, and Policy Committee Chairman Byron Dorgan (N.D.) is retiring.
Sources cautioned that other changes might be afoot. They said Reid could announce Myrick's move and others as early as Tuesday.
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., left, David Goldman, center, and Arvind Chawdra right, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction. Goldman and Chawdra are fathers whose children were abducted by their mothers and taken abroad.
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