Nevada State Senate Republican Leader Endorses Harry Reid, Trashes Angle

October 7, 2010 2:48 p.m.

Welcome to the Twilight Zone. In the heated Nevada Senate race, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just picked up the endorsement of a very special Republican for Reid – the current leader of the state Senate GOP! And he has a long-running feud with Sharron Angle.

As Jon Ralston reports, state Senate Minority Leader Bill Raggio, who has served in the legislature since 1972, released a statement of support for Reid. A fun fact: Two years ago, Angle ran an unsuccessful challenge against Raggio in the Republican primary, and in this year’s U.S. Senate primary he supported Sue Lowden.

As Raggio says in his statement, in part:

“Only one of these candidates has sought my endorsement, Senator Harry Reid. I haven’t heard from Sharron Angle or talked with her since long before she decided to run against me for State Senate two years ago. After losing to me in a primary, during which she ran a very negative campaign and distorted my record, referred to me as a liar and a RINO, I never heard one word from her, or a concession, or an offer of support. Instead, she lent aid and comfort to an effort to recall me as State Senator.

“Those are personal issues which I was willing to put behind me.

“What is difficult to overlook is her record of being totally ineffective as a four-term assemblywomen, her inability or unwillingness to work with others, even within her own party, and her extreme positions on issues such as Medicare, social security, education, veterans affairs and many others.

The TPM Poll Average currently puts Reid ahead by the very narrow margin of 47.3%-46.6%.

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