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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #32)

Wed Apr 26, 2017, 09:16 AM

109. Why keep repeating the same misinformation?

It has become a false talking point

Sanders is not "head of Democratic party Outreach". That position does not exist. By giving Sanders a non existent title you give him sweeping non existent responsibilities that allows you to be upset that he doesn't do well enough at meeting them. I would imagine that being "head of Democratic party Outreach" would be a full time job heading up an office with a team of designated support staff. The DNC might want to consider establishing it.

This year Chuck Schumer decided to expand the number of Senators who have positions on the Democratic Senate Caucus leadership team. It is traditional for members of Congressional leadership teams for either party in either chamber to all be given "Titles". Below is coverage of Nancy Pelosi doing the exact same thing with the House Democratic caucus. Her reasons were specific to her situation. Schumer added Sanders on the Senate side at the same time as he added Manchin.

Dems expand leadership team
By Mike Lillis - 12/06/16 12:30 AM EST
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/308920-dems-expand-leadership-team

"House Democrats on Monday expanded their leadership team, promoting a handful of junior lawmakers to newly created positions in an effort to boost the influence of greener members..."

So this is how Schumer did so on the Senate side:
Schumer Expands Leadership Team
http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/charles-e-schumer-minority-leader

"...Whether there would be a contest for the role of whip (which has officially been assistant Democratic leader) remained a bit of a mystery. And Schumer has figured out how to split the baby.

Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois will see that informal title become official, while Washington’s Patty Murray will slide into a No. 3 role of assistant leader. That avoids what could have been a fractious fight between Durbin and Murray.

Schumer is creating an expanded leadership team with 10 members, including senators from a variety of different states and representing ideological diversity within the caucus. A senior Democratic aide said they would all be invited to leadership meetings...

There are a variety of new or elevated roles, all elected by acclimation. Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, for instance, will be outreach chairman."

If you read the full piece you can find the other new leadership positions Schumer "created" to expand his leadership team - if you are curious Manchin is now Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Vice Chairman

Beyond the first few leadership posts- the ones that actually get "ranked" and identified as the number two and number three leadership posts, the titles are not meaningful, everyone needs one so everyone gets one. There is no such thing as a mere "member" of the Caucus leadership team.

Bernie Sanders is not a Democratic Party member so yes, it would be odd for him to be the Head of Outreach for the Democratic Party - he isn't. Sanders is a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus however and his new role pertains to the activities of that caucus only - to the extent that his title is meant to convey any responsibilities beyond attending Senate Caucus leadership meetings and providing input to that team.

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