GOP taps two Dems to advise transition effort

Republicans named two Democrats to advisory roles on their team working on the transition to the GOP-controlled House.

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the leader of the Republican transition team, asked Reps. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) and Robert Brady (D-Pa.) to advise Republicans "on non-partisan structural matters of the House such as scheduling and operations of the House infrastructure," according to an aide to Walden.

Republicans asked outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for the names of two members to serve as advisers to the GOP transition and she suggested Andrews and Brady. Walden spoke to the two Democratic lawmakers Tuesday.

Neither Andrews nor Brady will officially sit as members of the Republican transition effort, nor will they start their advisory roles until GOP lawmakers have had a chance to weigh in during listening sessions in the second half of the week.


When they do get their chance, however, the two Democrats "will be allowed to offer the perspective of their leadership and members on how the House could be better structured," according to the Walden aide.

Republicans note that they weren't afforded a similar courtesy when Democrats retook the House in the 2006 elections and launched a transition effort to chart their operations in the majority.

The effort comes on top of additional overtures Walden has made to Democrats during the transition. He's met already with Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.), who led the Democratic transition in 2006, and Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) to discuss transition matters.