White House senior adviser David Axelrod on Sunday downplayed the significance of the administration's decision to give David Plouffe an increased advisory role.

It was reported on Saturday that the former campaign adviser will be sought after for more advice as the fall midterm elections near.


"I think that the reaction to it has been overblown, but I know that Washington loves the shake-up story," Axelrod said. "Washington loves the 'When are we going to throw a body out?' story. That's not how we roll.”

Some observers painted the outreach to Plouffe -- who after the 2008 campaign took a political consulting job instead of joining the administration -- as a sign that the White House is centralizing their control over Democratic strategy. 

Some critics said that it was a sign of the White House's political weakness following a week of tough headlines.

But Axelrod reiterated that Plouffe has served as an informal advice since Obama took office and his increased role is "value added."

Democratic Senatorial Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) also did not take it as a swipe against his operation after Martha Coakley (D) lost to Scott Brown (R) in the Massachusetts special Senate election.

"We welcome the White House beefing up their political operation and the political atmosphere," he said.

"Secondly, we didn't start under my term with 60 votes," he added. "We had 60 votes. Clearly we did everything we could in Massachusetts."