Reid’s Top Spokesman Leaving

Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) “hard-charging spokesman is leaving his staff, the latest in a series of post-election changes to the Democratic leadership, sources said Thursday,” POLITICO reports.

Jim Manley, Reid’s senior communications adviser and chief spokesman, told his colleagues that he was leaving staff after working in Democratic politics for decades. Before joining Reid’s office, Manley worked for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy as an aide on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Manley’s move comes after Reid announced David Krone as his new chief of staff this week, and moved his current top aide, Gary Myrick, to become Democratic secretary to help navigate the business on the Senate floor.

Here is Senator Reid’s statement, via press release:

“Jim is one of best communicators I have ever had the fortune of working with.  Dating back to his time with former Majority Leader George Mitchell and the late Senator Ted Kennedy, Jim has been the gold standard in his profession.  He represents the very best of our party and our country, and there are countless young communicators who owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for paving the way.

“Our office will sorely miss Jim’s insight, candor and sense of humor, all of which have made it easier for me to do my job.  Jim has earned the respect of Senators and staff members on both sides of the aisle, and I am proud to call him a friend.  I know that whatever challenge he decides to tackle next, he will be the best man for the job.  Landra and I wish him the very best on his future endeavors.”

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