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Did Chuck Schumer’s Deputy Just Take a Swipe at Him?

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) called the split between Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren on the Dodd-Frank rollback "awkward."

By NTK Staff | 03.14.2018 @10:00am
Did Chuck Schumer’s Deputy Just Take a Swipe at Him?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is already dealing with a small mutiny in his caucus over a Dodd-Frank rollback that vulnerable, incumbent Senate Democrats support but liberals like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are strongly opposed to.

Now, though, Schumer may be losing a key ally over the bill: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).

Durbin said, in an interview with Politico, that Schumer “has done this as well as he could,” but that “[i]t’s awkward.”

“It’s a painful and challenging issue for him,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Schumer’s deputy. “Chuck has done this as well as he could. This is really the first time since he’s been Democratic leader that there’s been a significant split in the caucus. And it’s inevitable. It’s awkward.”

It’s easy to remember Schumer and Durbin were caught in an awkward tip-toe around control of Senate Democratic leadership after the departure of ex-Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Politico reported, in 2016:

This is not a new dilemma for Democrats: The will-she-or-won’t-she [Sen. Patty] Murray [D-WA] dynamic has played out for 18 months since the party fell in line behind Schumer’s bid to succeed Reid. Then, Durbin claimed Schumer would support him as the party whip. But Schumer denied that deal and has never publicly offered support to Durbin. That disagreement has done little to alter the view that the two men maintain a tense rapport despite living together in a Capitol Hill rowhouse for years.

Now, Warren seems intent on making Senate Democrats choose between her and the moderate wing of the party, as she goes to war with vulnerable Democratic incumbents over the Dodd-Frank rollback.

A question, under-considered and underappreciated until now: who will Durbin, Schumer’s right-hand man, side with?

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