Harry Reid Names Stonewalling Former Senate Sergeant at Arms Drew Willison As New Chief of Staff

AP Photo-/J. Scott Applewhite
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has named Drew Willison as his new Chief of Staff. Willison, who was serving as Senate Sergeant at Arms on January 1, the day Reid sustained serious injuries at his Henderson, Nevada home, replaces David Krone.

In a press release, Reid’s office said:

Willison is a Senate veteran with expertise managing large organizations, strong relationships among both Democrats and Republicans and extensive experience serving the state of Nevada.

“Drew has a proven ability to steer large organizations and has built broad relationships on both sides of the aisle that will prove invaluable to me and Senate Democrats in general,” Senator Reid said. “Drew knows Nevada and knows the Senate and I will rely on his extensive experience and strategic vision in the months to come.”

Krone’s five-year tenure as Chief of Staff and his prior service as Deputy Chief of Staff saw Senator Reid through the resolution of many challenges including Reid’s 2010 re-election, the 2011 debt ceiling debate, the fiscal cliff debate and numerous partial and full government shutdown debates. Krone played a critical role in negotiating resolutions to these and many other challenges over the past five years.

The press release notes, as Breitbart News previously reported, that Willison has a strong relationship with Reid that stretches back for more than a decade:

Willison was named Senate Sergeant at Arms in March 2014 and served until January 2015. Willison served as the Deputy Senate Sergeant at Arms from 2007 until the end of 2010 and from March 2013 until his appointment as Sergeant at Arms. Prior to that, Willison served as Staff Director of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, on which Senator Reid served as the senior Democrat from 1999 to 2007.

The appointment of the former Senate Sergeant of Arms as Reid’s point person could place him in an awkward position. More questions about the veracity of Reid’s two different versions of how he sustained his New Year’s Eve injuries, the first offered on January 22, the second offered on April 8, are expected to arise.

During his tenure as Senate Sergeant of Arms Willison served on the Capitol Board, along with the House Sergeant of Arms and the Architect of the Capitol. The three person board supervises the performance of the Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine.

As Breitbart News has reported, the Capitol Police have withheld information about the details of Reid’s New Year’s Day injury incident.

Reid’s office has already stated that his Capitol Police security detail transported him from his Henderson, Nevada home on New Year’s Day to St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson for treatment of his injuries.

Breitbart News has asked Willison and Reid’s office to publicly release all communications he had while serving as Senate Sergeant at Arms with the Capitol Police between New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014, the day that preceded Senator Reid’s New Year’s Day injuries, and January 6, 2015, his last day in office as Senate Sergeant at Arms.

Neither Willison nor Reid’s office have responded.


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