Count Harry Reid among those backing Las Vegas' bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Just don't do it too loudly or, he fears, he'll chase it off.
“The one way to get rid of it is for me to say I favor it,” the Senate majority leader and arch-
Speaking from his Capitol office, Reid noted that Las Vegas is among the 15 cities that Democrats have approached about possibly hosting their national convention in two years. Responses are due back early next month and if Las Vegas is interested, Reid said, he would be involved "big-time on that."
He brushed aside the licentious reputation that has made Vegas' bid for the GOP event so problematic, despite the city's many other advantages (more hotel space than any city in America, a close-in airport, wealthy GOP donors eager to open their wallets to help pay for the event).
A bigger issue for Republicans, Reid said, is the presence up the road of rogue rancher Cliven Bundy, enmeshed in a grazing-fees standoff with the Bureau of Land Management, and Bundy's musings that perhaps slavery wasn't such a bad thing after all. "I don't think that's very helpful," Reid said dryly.
Apart from running the Senate, stymieing Republicans, fighting to preserve the Democratic majority in a tough midyear election, helping promote President
He failed to recruit a viable candidate against Republican Gov.
In an interview last week in Carson City, Sandoval seemed to be leaning strongly against the race, speaking well of Reid and the benefits Nevada enjoys having the Senate leader hail from the state.