December 12, 2011

Reid backs maligned NRC commissioner

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., NV) defended Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Gregory Jaczko over the weekend, claiming criticism against Jaczko is a "politically motivated witch hunt."

Reid's defense comes in the wake of a letter from four other NRC commissioners who criticized Jaczko for using bullying tactics and causing "serious damage to the commission."

The letter further accused Jaczko of intimidating staff members and ignoring the will of the panel's majority on certain orders.

Jaczko, a former Reid aide, defended himself in a statement and said problems stemmed from the other commissioners' "lack of understanding."

The House Oversight and Government Reform committee is expected to hold a hearing about the NRC on Wednesday. The AP didn't report on if Reid plans on testifying on Jaczko's behalf.