Tensions Running High Between Hillary And Dem Senate Leader Reid
Wed Jun 28 2006 09:35:50 ET
The exceedingly intense rivalry between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Charles Schumer (N.Y.) embroiled just about everybody in the Senate Democratic leadership Tuesday, including Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and his spokeswoman, ROLL CALL reports.
Apparently, Clinton and her staff felt snubbed when party leaders organized a news conference in which they vowed to block efforts to give Members of Congress a pay raise until Congress approves an increase in the minimum wage. Clinton has introduced legislation along those lines, but she was not involved in planning the leadership's news conference to trumpet the issue.
ROLL CALL's Mary Ann Akers: Although Clinton, a close adviser of Reid's, was ultimately invited to attend the news conference, she was not told about the event until just hours before it began Tuesday.
While the noon event was hastily arranged - planning for it only began Monday night - a Clinton aide was apparently so furious that the Senator seemed to be left out of the loop that she bawled out ("reamed out" was how one source put it) a spokeswoman for Reid near the entrance to the Senate Radio-Television Gallery.
The Clinton aide, Laurie Rubiner, was overheard saying to Reid spokeswoman Rebecca Kirszner, "You suck" and "How could you do this?"