Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., denounced a member of an obscure federal panel on nuclear power as a “sh-t stirrer” and “a liar” in an interview with The Huffington Post.
Reid made his comments after a former staffer, Gregory Jaczko, was forced to resign as chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after the other commissioners accused him of bullying female staffers under his command and withholding information from rest of the committee.
“Magwood was a sh-t-stirrer,” Reid said in the interview. “He did everything he could do to embarrass Greg Jaczko.”
All four of the members of the commission united against Jaczko — who was accused by staff of creating an “intimidating workplace environment” for NRC staff, especially women — but Democrat Bill Magwood most fell afoul of the Nevada senator.
Reid also called Magwood “a treacherous, miserable liar” based on his belief that the Democratic commissioner had joined Republicans in trying to use Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a repository for old fuel rods used at nuclear plants. “That commission was a tool to the nuclear industry,” Reid said. “Greg Jaczko, this young guy, he of course worked for me. He was against Yucca Mountain. But they knew that going in.”