This Week in Harry Reid

November 23, 2012 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: 2012 Election

The Fabulous Life Of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
by Walter Hickey, Business Insider

Most people know Harry Reid as the quiet Democrat in charge of the Senate. Some consider him boring, but they couldn’t be more wrong.The Harry Reid story is a long one. He’s had a remarkable career on his way from miner’s son to Senate Majority Leader.

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 Some Highlights and What’s Next for Harry:

As Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission:

  • A man named Jack Gordon, who later married LaToya Jackson, tried to give Reid a $12,000 bribe. Reid let the FBI videotape Gordon offering him the bribe, and then, according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal account, he “put his hands around Gordon’s neck and said, ‘You son of a bitch, you tried to bribe me.’
  • “In “Casino,” Dick Smother’s character “Senator” is loosely based on Reid. Several of the key scenes involving the state cracking down on mob influence in Nevada gaming are based on actual events from Reid’s tenure. “
  • Reid survived several death threats and an attempted car bombing by the Mob.
In the Senate:
  • Reid’s Senate career has a number of highlights: He once filibustered for nine hours by himself, reading from the history book he wrote about his hometown, Searchlight.
  • Reid criticized Republican nominee Mitt Romney over the Republican nominee’s unwillingness to release his tax returns by claiming that he had heard from a “credible source” that Romney had failed to pay any federal income taxes for several years. Later in the campaign, Reid claimed that Romney “sullied” Mormonism by “hiding from” the religion.

This Week in Harry Reid

November 16, 2012 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: 2012 Election

Fillibuster Reform:

Frustrated by the GOP’s growing use of filibusters, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering a Senate vote in the new year to limit their use. “I think that the rules have been abused and that we’re going to work to change them,” Reid, D-Nev., told reporters this past week. “We’re not going to do away with the filibuster, but we’re going to make the Senate a more meaningful place, we’re going to make it so that we can get things done.”

Dear John Letter – No Libya Panel!:

“I refuse to allow the Senate to be used as a venue for baseless partisan attacks,” Reid wrote in the three-page letter, released Friday evening.

Scott Brown Smack-down:

Responding on Wednesday, Reid said that Brown “should go look in the mirror” before lamenting partisan gridlock. “He could have saved Citizens United,” Reid said, referencing the DISCLOSE Act, which would have required corporations, unions and nonprofits that spend money on elections to identify themselves in ads and, in some cases, to name their donors. Brown voted against the bill in 2010, when the measure fell one vote short of the 60 needed to break a Republican filibuster. “He could have been the 60th vote on that and many other things,” Reid added. “So I don’t need a lecture from him on bipartisanship.”