Self-declared President-elect Joe Biden has received significant pushback for his choice of Neera Tanden for director of the Office of Management and Budget, but instead of making a less controversial choice, Biden — and running mate Kamala Harris — are doubling down.
Tanden is a longtime Clinton operative and CEO of the Center for American Progress, a leftist advocacy organization. She’s invoked criticism from both Senate Republicans and progressives for being a longtime member of the Democrat establishment.
When Biden announced his nomination of Tanden for director of the OMB, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-VT) former press secretary Briahna Joy Gray tweeted: “Everything toxic about the corporate Democratic Party is embodied in Neera Tanden,”
On the other side, multiple GOP Senators have declared that Tanden’s nomination will not make it through a GOP-controlled Senate confirmation process.
The resistance from both sides has not deterred Harris or Biden. Harris tweeted her support for Tanden on Friday:
Like me, [Tanden] was raised by a single mother and knows firsthand the importance of having an economy that treats all people with dignity and respect. I know with her at the helm of the Office of Management and Budget, our budget will fully reflect our values.
Biden also affirmed his support for Tanden during a Wednesday interview with The New York Times, dismissing GOP criticism of Tanden’s “nasty tweets.”
“That disqualifies almost every Republican senator and 90 percent of the [Trump] administration,” Biden said. “But by the way, she’s smart as hell. Yeah, I think they’re going to pick a couple of people just to fight [over], no matter what.