Source: Glenn Thrush / Politico
Embattled White House chief of staff Bill Daley will hand off some day-to-day responsibilities to presidential confidant Pete Rouse after coming under fire from West Wing officials for his management style and ineffectual relationship with Congress, according to administration sources.
The shift, first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Monday night, comes as the White House gears up for a brutal reelection campaign and a looming fight over the bipartisan supercommittee’s debt-reduction proposals.
Rouse, a longtime Hill aide once known as the “101st senator” for his stature among congressional heavyweights in both parties, will assume a far greater role in legislative affairs — easing growing tension between the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who complained to President Barack Obama personally about Daley’s performance, according to congressional sources.
The “idea Bill has turned over [all] day-to-day [management] is just wrong,” a senior administration official told POLITICO in an email.
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