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Neera Tanden tweeted GOP lawmakers – until she needed their votes

The choice of President-elect Joe Biden for the post of chief budget officer is not pulling the blows online. So when some of his hits aimed at the top Congressional players were taken off the internet, it was clear something was up.

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, has deleted more than a thousand tweets from her personal Twitter account since early November. A number of them, since picked up by The Daily Beast, contain comments to powerful lawmakers on both sides of the aisle that could turn a relationship into ice before his confirmation hearing in the Senate to lead the Office of management and budget takes place next year.

And that’s exactly what seems to be happening to Tanden.

Tanden deleted some, but not all, tweets from his account, lambasting prominent lawmakers such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Susan Collins (R -ME), and praising their Democrat challengers. It’s unclear exactly when Tanden removed them, but many tweets were available at least until the fall, according to the Internet Archive.

“Can the people here focus their anger on McConnell and the GOP Senators who are at the top of this cycle that allows him: Cory Gardner, Collins, Ernst, Cornyn, Perdue, Tillis And many more”, wrote in a tweet deleted since June 2019 on the seven Republican senators.

When Collins’ re-election looked troubled, Tanden vowed to treat his challenger, Sara Gideon, “like a long-lost relative” and “work hard to help him beat Susan Collins.”

She deleted the tweet some time after November 5th.

As of Monday afternoon, two members of the group she was targeting made comments. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) Told the congressional press pool that he “maybe” believed Tanden was “Biden’s worst candidate yet.”

“I think, in light of his combative and insulting comments about many members of the Senate, mainly on our side of the aisle, that this certainly creates a problematic path,” he said. Tanden was a staunch supporter of challenger MJ Hegar in his unsuccessful attempt to topple Cornyn, but has since deleted at least one tweet support for the Texas Democrat’s performance in an October debate.

Also speaking to reporters at Hill on Monday, Collins said, “I don’t know her, nor a lot of her, but I do know she is a prolific Twitter user.”

(Neither Cornyn nor Collins seemed to recognize the relative absurdity of criticizing the tweets in light of the habits of the outgoing members’ administration.including the president himself).

Monday evening, Tanden had changed its Twitter organic read: “Director of OMB candidate”. She declined to comment for this article.

Republicans aren’t the only ones to criticize Tanden’s selection. In the 2016 election, her intense criticism of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), then the main opponent of her former boss Hillary Clinton, earned her a reputation as one of the most visible figures and the more outspoken willing to steer the progressives at a time when many sought to downplay the ongoing democratic infighting as exaggerated.

After Clinton eventually won the primary but lost the general election to Donald Trump, Tanden mainly focused on Republicans, but still frequently pissed off progressives in the movement by taking online fights.

“It’s an odd choice for Biden and his ‘healing’ presidency to bring in someone who is so combative, especially on Twitter, given that we’ve just finished a four-year presidency on Twitter,” said Josh Fox, a climate change activist and filmmaker who was a surrogate mother to Sanders in 2016 and 2020. “She causes anger unnecessarily.”

Now, as she prepares for her OMB leadership nomination – a role that would require confirmation from the Republican-held chamber of McConnell if Democrats do not overtake the Senate in two polls in Georgia – Tanden tried to reduce parts of herself. digital footprint which has led to his perception as an “extremely online” person who divides both the left and the right.



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