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In its hunt for Senate, Republican candidates campaign against Harry Reid - Washington Times

Republicans are casting the midterm elections as a golden opportunity to fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has served as lead blocker for President Obama's liberal agenda on Capitol Hill and chief opponent of GOP legislation..

Hoping to galvanize their base further, Republicans are casting the midterm elections as a golden opportunity to fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who has served as lead blocker for President Obama’s liberal agenda on Capitol Hill and chief opponent of GOP legislation.

The attacks are being espoused inside and outside the Capital Beltway and could become staples of the Republican message as the party looks to pick up the six seats needed to take the Senate gavel out of Mr. Reid’s hands.


 

On Wednesday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus described Mr. Reid as “dirty” and “unethical.”

The RNC circulated a memo that played up a Federal Election Commission inquiry into campaign cash that Mr. Reid reimbursed after using the money to purchase gifts for his granddaughter.

“We’re going to continue engaging voters who want nothing more than to stop Obama’s big government overreach and fire Harry Reid from his post as Senate majority leader after Senate Democrats paved the way for ObamaCare and stalled dozens of jobs bills sent over from the Republican House,” Mr. Priebus said.

The chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, meanwhile, filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, calling on lawmakers to investigate whether Mr. Reid improperly used taxpayer money to fund online attacks against the Koch brothers. The Kochs have invested millions of dollars into conservative causes, including ads against Obamacare in states with vulnerable Senate Democrats.

Mr. Reid’s office brushed off the attack, saying it showed “Republicans’ blind obedience to the shadowy billionaire Koch brothers.”

“Nothing says ‘Republicans are the party of the top one percent’ like lashing out with meritless complaints as a screen to defend the Koch brothers as they rig the system to benefit billionaires like themselves,” Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement. “Senator Reid will continue to do everything in his power to hold the Koch brothers and their Republican enablers accountable for trying to tilt the playing field in favor of the wealthy and against the middle class.”


 

Mr. Reid has been a thorn in Republicans’ side, serving as Mr. Obama’s last line of defense on Capitol Hill.

The five-term incumbent has thwarted Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare and has pushed an election-year agenda that includes raising the minimum wage. It also aims to give members of his caucus some political cover for Election Day.

He also, as his spokesman’s statement suggests, has been on a crusade against David and Charles Koch, calling on Republicans to disavow the men and declaring, “I’m not afraid of the Koch brothers.”

Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist, said Mr. Reid, a former boxer and ex-chairman of the powerful Nevada Gaming Commission, likely relishes being “best bodyguard that president Obama has.” He said Republicans are targeting the Nevada Democrat in hopes of sustaining the momentum they have built in recent months attacking Mr. Obama and his signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

“You need another quiver in the arrow to keep the grass roots energized. Not to mention, it is one heck of a fundraiser,” Mr. O’Connell said. “Reid has been a check on the Republican House while simultaneously pushing President Obama’s agenda.”

On the campaign trail, Republican candidates are criticizing Mr. Reid.

Rep. Cory Gardner, who is vying to challenge Democrat Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, has vowed to “make Harry Reid a footnote in history.”

 
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