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Politico: Schumer, Durbin Take Harry Reid's Advice to Chill Out

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By    |   Friday, 03 Apr 2015 10:05 AM

Maybe it was the spirit of the Easter holiday or simply the calming wisdom of Harry Reid sinking in, but Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin have reportedly talked by phone about a dispute over their future Senate roles, Politico reported.

Schumer, the New York senator, is expected to take over as Senate minority leader after Reid announced he would leave the Senate after serving Nevada there since 1987.

Durbin, however, faced uncertainty about his own future staying on in his current post as party whip. While the Illinois lawmaker said Schumer was endorsing him, Schumer's office said no such deal had been made, setting off a testy dispute this week.

Reid, as elder statesman, waded into the fracas, urging both camps to "relax" as his retirement was more than a year away.

While Democrats have often accused Hill Republicans of disharmony, the Durbin-Schumer succession fray was surprising, The Washington Post noted.

Before Reid intervened to urge peace, their two camps put out conflicting messages, the Post said.

"The two senators agreed to support each other — Schumer for leader, Durbin for whip," Durbin spokesman Ben Marter said, according to the Post "They shook hands. That was the interaction."

Schumer's spokesman Matt House disagreed on that version of events, the Post added. "That never happened, and they know it," House told the Post.

On Wednesday, however, House, while standing by his version of the conversation, said that the senators who have a long history in the Senate together, even rooming together for years, had spoken by phone and things had calmed down, Politico said.

"That's not what happened but, regardless, Sen. Schumer considers Sen. Durbin a close personal friend," House told Politico.

One future outlier in the whip drama could be the role of the Democrats' top female Senate leader, Patty Murray of Washington. She has remained quiet but reportedly spoke with Durbin and Schumer about the whip role, National Journal said, noting she was a strong contender for conference chair once Reid departs.

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