Still basking in the now-fading glow of “I won”, Senator Harry Reid displayed the attitude that has ordinary Americans looking at politicians like some kind of alien vermin that must be eradicated at all costs.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal’s publisher, Sherman Frederick, just before last Wednesday’s Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Senator Reid told their director of advertising, “I hope you go out of business.”
“You could call Reid’s remark ugly and be right. It certainly was boorish. Asinine? That goes without saying.
“But to fully capture the magnitude of Reid’s remark (and to stop him from doing the same thing to others) it must be called what it was — a full-on threat perpetrated by a bully who has forgotten that he was elected to office to protect Nevadans, not sound like he’s shaking them down.
“No citizen should expect this kind of behavior from a U.S. senator. It is certainly not becoming of a man who is the majority leader in the U.S. Senate. And it absolutely is not what anyone would expect from a man who now asks Nevadans to send him back to the Senate for a fifth term.
“If he thinks he can push the state’s largest newspaper around by exacting some kind of economic punishment in retaliation for not seeing eye to eye with him on matters of politics, I can only imagine how he pressures businesses and individuals who don’t have the wherewithal of the Review-Journal.
“For the sake of all who live and work in Nevada, we can’t let this bully behavior pass without calling out Sen. Reid. If he’ll try it with the Review-Journal, you can bet that he’s tried it with others. So today, we serve notice on Sen. Reid that this creepy tactic will not be tolerated.
“We won’t allow you to bully us. And if you try it with anyone else, count on going through us first.
“That’s a promise, not a threat.
“And it’s a promise to our readers, not to you, Sen. Reid.”
Spot on, Mr. Frederick. Spot on.
How about sharing whatever it is you’re drinking with the rest of the mainstream media?