Reid Turns Messaging Over To Schumer, Stabenow

01/15/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Emily Pierce Roll Call

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Monday a plan to cede much of the control over the Democratic Conference's message operations to Sens. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.).

In a letter to colleagues Monday afternoon, Reid explained the need to "better integrate our legislative- and message-crafting functions into a central, coordinated nucleus managing policy, press and politics."

To do that, Reid said he would merge the Democratic Policy Committee, which generates policy papers for Senators, and his own communications war room, also known as the Senate Democratic Communications Center, into a joint operation. The new entity will be chaired by Schumer, with Stabenow serving as vice chairwoman, the letter said. It was unclear what the new joint operation would be named.

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