We have to admit this guy has some giant gonads. He’s caught in an FEC violation but thankfully for him most of the media is ignoring it.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent nearly $17,000 in campaign funds to his granddaughter, and disclosed their relationship only under pressure from the Federal Election Commission, it was reported Wednesday.
The Senate’s top Democrat announced he was reimbursing the money after it was revealed his campaign had cut two separate checks of $5,417 and $11,370 to his granddaughter last October for what were described as “holiday gifts.”
The checks went to “Ryan Elisabeth” — but Reid’s office didn’t initially disclose that the recipient was Ryan Elisabeth Reid, the 23-year-old daughter of his son, Rory.
When first contacted by Las Vegas journalist Jon Ralston, Reid’s office said Ryan Elisabeth was a campaign vendor — without acknowledging she was Reid’s granddaughter.
Reid’s aides later said the payments were for purchases from her Berkeley, Calif., jewelry business and that the items went to campaign donors.
Clearly he’s broken the law, but hey, when you have Democrats out there trying to sell rocket launchers, this is fairly tame stuff.
Meanwhile, after being caught, what does this tool do? He goes out and starts trashing the Koch brothers again. Good grief.
Reid declared that ObamaCare has faded as an issue and called Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) a “joke” for repeatedly pushing fruitless efforts to repeal the law. Earlier in the day, Boehner suggested ObamaCare was the “joke.”
“We feel very comfortable where we are, despite the Koch brothers with their outrageous spending,” Reid said in reference to Charles and David Koch, libertarians who have already spent about $30 million against Democratic candidates this election cycle. “We’re doing fine. We have superb candidates all over the country.”
However, independent political handicappers, including the highly respected Nate Silver, say the odds are Democrats will lose control of the upper chamber. That would end Reid’s eight-year reign as majority leader, which ranks behind only former Sens. Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.) and Alben Barkley (D-Ky.) in longevity.
“For a guy who spent his years waging a good fight, sometimes physically and sometimes legislatively, this could be a real big test for him,” said Jim Manley, a former senior aide to Reid.
Reid, who turns 75 in December, has repeatedly said he will run for reelection in 2016.
We suspect being in the minority comes 2015 might change his mind.