Reid's Hand at the BBG
9:31 AM, Oct 22, 2007 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
A friend of the Campaign Standard writes in to let you know about a controversy brewing inside the Beltway:
I should interrupt here to note that the link above is actually to an article by Michael Tomasky on the Newsweek column, which seems to have disappeared from the Internet. Anyway, this friend continues below the fold:
Obama was one of 41 Senate Democrats who joined in signing the Reid letter to Clear Channel President Mark Mays, syndicator of the Limbaugh talk show. Limbaugh charged the Reid letter represents an 'abuse of power' - getting hold of the CEO of 'my syndication partner and asking him to "confer"' over words the Senate majority leader deemed 'improper.'
But Limbaugh's eBay auction of the letter proved to be a major embarrassment for Reid. The winning bid for the 'historic' letter was $2.1 million to go to the http://www.mc-lef.org/ target=_blank>Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. Limbaugh is matching this contribution - and Limbaugh listeners by the thousands have added their own donations to the organization that provides scholarships to the children of fallen servicemen and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Washington insiders are puzzled that the White House chose to nominate Reid's closest confidant to the BBG at the height of the Limbaugh-Reid controversy - even though the nomination is for a Democratic seat on the board formerly held by Norman Pattiz. In recent years the White House has accepted the recommendation of the leading Senate Democrat for minority party seats on the BBG - unless there are partisan reasons not to do so. Certainly, the Reid letter should constitute a reason not to nominate a Reid confidant to this prestigious post.
This is a controversy worth paying attention to.