Democrats: We Should Get Obama Jobs, Not Republicans and Reporters

Some party insiders are irked they aren't getting first dibs on jobs.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

There's grumbling in some wings of the Democratic Party about the Obama administration's appointment of Republicans and reporters to key jobs. It began with Obama's pick of GOP lawmakers as cabinet secretaries, a trend that appears to have ended with the surprise of Republican Sen. Judd Gregg's withdrawal as nominee for commerce secretary. But now lower-level aides are voicing anger at the naming of journalists to top agency communications jobs that Democratic spokespeople thought they'd have first dibs on. "It's strange that being a reporter or a Republican seems to be the best qualifications to get a job," says one irked Democratic job-seeker.

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