VP Biden Names Bruce Reed as New Chief of Staff

By Jaketapper

Jan 14, 2011 11:23am

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Karen Travers report:

Bruce Reed, who served as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to President Bill Clinton, CEO of the centrist DLC and executive director of the Bowles-Simpson “debt commission,” has been named the chief of staff to Vice President Biden.

Reed was introduced to VP’s senior staff at 930 am ET this morning in outgoing chief of staff Ron Klain’s office.

Biden has known Reed for 24 years. Then-Sen. Biden hired Bruce to work on his 1988 campaign, and between the time that Reed accepted and started work, Reed’s boss at the time – then-Sen. Al Gore, D-Tenn. – got in the race. So Reed never made the move to the Biden campaign.

Reed worked closely with the VP on the Crime Bill in 1994 when Reed had a lead policy role at the Clinton WH, and Biden was the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  

Biden’s office announced last week that Klain would be stepping down from his position later this month to become the president of Case Holdings, the investment company of AOL co-founder Steve Case.

Klain was considered by many to be a key, powerful player in the Obama White House. He has had a long career in Washington, from his days on Capitol Hill to his tenure as Al Gore's chief of staff when he was vice president. He later served as a top Gore aide during the 2000 presidential campaign – he was was played by Kevin Spacey in the movie "Recount.”

UPDATE: Just as the selection of Bill Daley for White House chief of staff drew criticism from liberal groups, so is the selection of Reed for Biden’s staff.

“It's unfortunate that this Administration keeps gravitating towards individuals who push policies that benefit big corporations over regular Americans,” said Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of Progressive Change Campaign Committee at BoldProgressives.org, which has 675,000 members.

Citing Reed’s work on the debt commission, Taylor called his selection “out-of-touch thinking” by the White House and an appointment that will “only lead to policies that hurt middle-class families and hurt Democrats in 2012."  

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