Joe Biden’s designated nominee for budget director Neera Tanden has deleted more than 1,000 tweets, including those criticizing Republicans, the Washington Examiner reported.
The move comes before Tanden faces a tough confirmation in the Senate, where Republicans hold at least 50 seats with two more in play in Jan. 5 Senate runoffs in Georgia.
Needing a Senate majority to be confirmed as the chief of Biden’s Office of Management and Budget, Tanden will need to appeal to and secure votes from Republicans.
Tanden, president and CEO of Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, has deleted multiple posts disapproving of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a centrist who has voted with Democrats and is a potential “swing” vote in the Senate, the Examiner reported.
Still, Tanden left up a tweet calling Sen. Collins “pathetic” for supporting Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation.
Tanden, a personal friend of Hillary Clinton, deleted tweets about Russian election meddling conspiracy theories, per the report.
Tanden also deleted tweets where she was critical of school shutdowns during the coronavirus pandemic. While that is a Republican-friendly view, it is also flies in the face of the position of many teachers unions, which were heavy supporters of Biden’s campaign.
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