In the ongoing war of Red vs. Blue there are Purple moments of common sense -moments that highlight the giftedness of Idahoans in public service.
I was reading Jill Kuraitis' article of a couple of days ago and saw that long-respected Bruce Reed has been asked to fill a major role in the President's Administration.
In '93 he was brought aboard President Clinton's staff and in time did a tremendous job crafting the welfare reform initiative - much to the concern of wing-elements of his own party and the GOP. I remember the struggle well and actually became a fan on this issue - of the thoughtful young man from northern Idaho. I lobbied the State Capitol during the '90s and knew his Mom - equally respected her commitment to the state and nation, though we were opposite on many social policy issues.
It is a good thing to have Bruce help all Americans from this unique position within the Obama administration. It's a great thing to have Idaho in the mix, regardless of the Administration.
Given the nature of the Commission he will be heading up, he'll have his hands full. I believe he's up for the challenge.
By Jill Kuraitis, 3-26-10
Idahoans in D.C.
Idahoan Bruce Reed Will Direct Budget Council for Obama Administration
The son of former state senator Mary Lou Reed and attorney Scott Reed makes another impressive career move.Idahoan Bruce Reed has been appointed as executive director of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
Reed, who is the son of longtime Democratic state senator Mary Lou Reed of Coeur d’Alene and environmental attorney Scott Reed, was director of President Clinton’s Domestic Policy Council for eight years. Since then he’s been CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council, a centrist organization.
Reed’s most public achievement under Clinton was heading up a welfare reform initiative which was unpopular with liberal Democrats, and his other moderate views have sometimes put him at odds with that wing of the party. (More here)