[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After serving 5 terms in the Senate, Nevada Senator Harry Reid has announced that he will be retiring at this end of this term and will not seek re-election. Reid served as Senate Majority Leader for the last eight years until the Democrats lost control of the Senate in the 2014 mid-term elections. He was going to face a tough re-election prospect had he chosen to run in 2016, one that would have been extremely costly for the Party to defend him in hopes that he’d win re-election.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]In a statement posted online, Reid said, “We have to make sure that the Democrats take control of the Senate again. And I feel it is inappropriate for me to soak up all those resources on me when I could be devoting those resources to the caucus, and that’s what I intend to do.”
Reid’s time in the Senate has been marred, especially recently, with charges of ethics violations as well as corruption charges. Frequently taking to the Senate floor to attack the Koch Brothers, two private citizens with whom he does not see eye to eye politically, he frequently accused them of being ‘un-American’ and ‘trying to buy elections.’ Reid crossed the line even further when he used his official Senate website to attack the Koch Brothers. This led to the filing of ethics violations from the Tea Party Patriots.
Most recently, the Inspector General’s Office found that Reid used his influence to lobby a Department of Homeland Security officer to help speed up the visa process for Chinese investors in Nevada casinos. The inspector general’s report found that Reid’s office received weekly updates on the status of visa applications for investors in the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino from top officials at the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services.
Reid’s son, Rory, happens to have as a client the parent company of this casino. Executives at this parent company donated thousands to Harry Reid’s Senate campaign after he helps speed up the visa process for their Chinese investors.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]