If there’s one congressional aide White House officials might wind up fearing most, it’s Larry Brady.
He’s all but unknown, but Brady is the secret weapon for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). As minority staff director of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Brady stands ready to wield almighty subpoena power if Republicans seize control of the chamber in November and make Issa chairman of the panel.
Handing subpoena power to Issa and his staff would be the White House’s “worst nightmare,” says Don Goldberg, a crisis-management expert at Qorvis Communications.
“The administration underestimates Larry Brady’s effectiveness at its own peril,” says Goldberg, who once served as Democratic deputy staff director of the same panel and did damage control for President Bill Clinton. “He knows how to pick the issues that resonate, and get media attention with or without fingerprints.”