During an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin issued a “rare criticism” of fellow Democrat Harry Reid. The Daily Caller,
Manchin, a moderate Democrat, was asked by host Joe Scarborough whether he believes the Senate will run “a bit more better” now that Reid is no longer serving as Senate Majority Leader. Reid, who had served in that capacity since Jan. 2007, became Minority Leader when Democrats lost control of the Senate.
“Well, first of all, Harry’s a good man,” Manchin began. “His leadership and the things he thought would work did not. So with that, you just move on.” …
Reid, who recently suffered an eye injury and announced last month that he will not seek re-election in 2016, has often been accused of stoking partisan gridlock during his tenure. His divisive rhetoric has even made its way to the Senate floor. In 2012 he falsely accused then GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney of failing to pay his taxes for 10 years. And last year he called the billionaire Koch brothers, who donate heavily to the GOP, “un-American.”