Schumer Pushed For Moderate Sen. To Offset Warren Leadership Role

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November 20, 2014 12:10 p.m.

When Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was in talks with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to create a new leadership position for her, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the number three Democrat in the chamber and head of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center, suggested that Reid also bring in Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) to balance out Warren’s liberal politics, according to Politico.

Warner, of course, is considered one of the more moderate Democrats in the Senate caucus.

Schumer also suggested possibly narrowing the scope of the new post Warren was going to get, according to Politico. Warren resisted both suggestions.

In the end though, Reid just tapped Warren to serve as a Strategic Policy Advisor to the DPCC. The newly created post, announced a week ago, includes helping to shape policy for Senate Democrats and acting as a liberal liaison for the party.

Warren and Schumer both serving on the DPCC sets up what appears to be a natural contrast. Warren, of course, has made a name for herself for criticizing aspects of Wall Street while Schumer, who’s often mentioned as the heir apparent to Reid, is closely associated with the banking establishment. He’s often been called “Wall Street Chuck.”

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