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Progressives, Bernie Sanders Allies Attack Biden's OMB Pick

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. (Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 01 December 2020 11:43 AM

Joe Biden's pick of Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget is angering some progressives allied with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Fox News said Tanden, a Hillary Clinton loyalist and former aide to the Democrat's 2016 presidential campaign, had been an outspoken critic of Sanders.

"Everything toxic about the corporate Democratic Party is embodied in Neera Tanden," Briahna Joy Gray, Sanders' former national press secretary, tweeted.

Tanden, chief executive of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, has also been at odds with progressives over policy, according to Fox News.

Tanden would be the first woman of color to head the OMB if confirmed.

In 2019, Sanders wrote a letter to CAP critical of her leadership.

"Center for American Progress leader Neera Tanden repeatedly calls for unity while simultaneously maligning my staff and supporters and belittling progressive ideas," he said in the letter posted online.

The choice of Tanden came under immediate fire from Intercept reporter Ali Gharib, a writer for a CAP Action Fund project called ThinkProgress, where Tanden was his boss.

In a Twitter thread, Gharib called Tanden a "very bad organizational leader" who censored his work, adding that she lacked "leadership and moral courage."

Republicans have also voiced doubts about Tanden's nomination and said she'd struggle to win over the Senate, Business Insider reported.

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Joe Biden's pick of Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget is angering some progressives allied with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Fox News said Tanden, a Hillary Clinton loyalist and former aide to the Democrat's 2016 presidential campaign, had been an...
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