Joe Manchin Breaks With Biden, Won’t Support Key Nominee:”Overtly Partisan, Toxic”

That didn’t take long. Joe Manchin just had his first big break with President Joe Biden and it signals bad news ahead for Biden and the Dem Party.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said today he will oppose Biden’s nominee to run the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, which all but guarantees she won’t pass.

Manchin said he reviewed Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were “personally directed” toward members in the Senate and he will not back her for this powerful but mostly unknown office.

“I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden’s public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others,” Joe said.

“As I have said before, we must take meaningful steps to end the political division and dysfunction that pervades our politics. At a time of grave crisis, it is more important than ever that we chart a new bipartisan course that helps address the many serious challenges facing our nation,” Manchin said.

“I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working relationship between members of Congress and the next director of the Office of Management and Budget,” Manchin said in a statement. “For this reason, I cannot support her nomination.”

During her confirmation hearings, Tanden apologized for her past remarks mentioned by Manchin. “My language and my expressions on social media caused hurt to people, and I feel badly about that. And I really regret it and I recognize that it’s really important for me to demonstrate that I can work with others,” she said. 

“I would say social media does lead to too many personal comments and my approach will be radically different,” she said.