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Reid top advisor Darrel Thompson named Burris temporary chief of staff.

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WASHINGTON--Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) top senior advisor, Darrell Thompson will be serving as the temporary chief of staff to Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.)

Thompson knows the Land of Lincoln; in 2004, he was chief of staff for Barack Obama's U.S. Senate campaign. Thompson remains a Reid senior advisor.


"As the Leader of the U.S. Senate, I will do all that I can to support the
success of Senator Burris and that begins with detailing one of my most
respected senior staff members," Reid said in a statement. "Darrel's institutional knowledge combined with his strong relationship with Members and staffs in both the Senate and House, will undoubtedly serve Senator Burris well."

"We have spent the last two weeks evaluating chief of staff candidates and are
looking forward to having someone on our team with Darrel's Illinois experience
and knowledge and passion for helping solve the important issues facing our
state and nation," Burris said in a statement.

Below from Reid's office.....

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today announced that Senior Advisor Darrel
Thompson will be on detail from his office to the Office of U.S. Senator Roland
Burris.

In a temporary capacity, Thompson will serve as Senator Burris' Chief of Staff
where he will be responsible for filling other senior positions in the office,
developing a sound strategy to promote Senator Burris' forthcoming legislative
agenda and establishing constituent services and relations for the people of
Illinois. Thompson will continue to hold his position as Senior Advisor to the
Senate Majority Leader.

"As the Leader of the U.S. Senate, I will do all that I can to support the
success of Senator Burris and that begins with detailing one of my most
respected senior staff members," Reid said. "Darrel's institutional knowledge
combined with his strong relationship with Members and staffs in both the Senate
and House, will undoubtedly serve Senator Burris well."

"We have spent the last two weeks evaluating chief of staff candidates and are
looking forward to having someone on our team with Darrel's Illinois experience
and knowledge and passion for helping solve the important issues facing our
state and nation," Burris said.

Darrel has political roots in Illinois having served as the Chief of Staff on
Barack Obama's 2004 Senate campaign. He also served in several senior positions
over a five-year period during Richard Gephardt's tenure as House Democratic
Leader and is a former Financial Services Director of the Democratic
Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) where he was responsible for all
political fundraising operations.

4 Comments

perhaps he'll stay 'till burris leaves in a year and a half. reid won't need all of that staff when dodd takes over the leadership.

Burris needs all the help he can get!!! He will need to stay for the entire time Burris is there.

BURRIS ISN'T A DUMB GUY, SO DON'T UNDERESTIMATE
HIM, THE PROBLEM WITH HIM, IS HOW HE GOT THE JOB!
ANOTHER PROBLEM IS HE REFUSES TO SAY IF HE WILL
RUN FOR RE-ELECTION!
TO S. COSBY YOU NEED TO READ MORE ABOUT A PERSON
BEFORE YOU SPEW VENOM ON THEM!
BURRIS HAS A LAW DEGREE, AND HE HAS USED IT IN
LIFE, UNLIKE SOME GUYS LIKE RUSH LIMBAUGH AND
HANNITY, THEY BOTH NEVER GRADUATED FROM A COLLEGE
IN THEIR LIFE, THEY JUST TALK LOUD AND SAY
NOTHING, THEY ARE TROUBLEMAKERS!

Roland did his image a death blow,by taking this appointment,from a tainted Gov,more qualified electable candidates could fill.HE'S AN OPPORTUNIST!!!

He's not a victim at all,he's a volunteer.
Where's Bobby Rush,he used race and bigotry,AND LYNCHING, to get Burris the seat.

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