Politics & Policy

Follow Up on NV GOP Accusation against Senate Staffer

Earlier this week, the Nevada state GOP accused Senate Democratic Communications Center staff director Rodell Mollineau of being in Nevada to help with Reid’s campaign. 

The Harry Reid campaign said Mollineau was here in his official role and would be coordinating several Senate-related events for Reid while he is in Nevada.

This morning while scanning headlines and stories, BATTLE ‘10 spotted a LVRJ photo of Harry Reid speaking with Mollineau at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The two were at a news conference Wednesday with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to announce an application for a federal loan for the high-speed DesertXpress train to Victorville, California.

Looks like Mollineau is indeed doing his Senate duties.

A Hill insider told Battle ‘10 that Senate offices lately have been very strict about staffers dividing campaign from official work.

Longtime staffers Jon Summers and Tom Brede both moved from Reid’s office to the campaign staff earlier this summer.

Sean Hackbarth, former online communications adviser for the Senate Republican Conference, says it is typical for Senate staffers in the official offices to take leaves of absence in order to work on the campaign. After the election they return to their official duties.

“It’s good to keep an eye on staffers, though,” said Hackbarth. “The line between campaign and official work can blur, and staffers have to be careful they don’t cross the line — even unintentionally. Some staffers actually own two BlackBerrys to keep official and campaign communications separate.

“From what I’ve seen, the proper separation is being maintained on Reid’s staff,” said Hackbarth.

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