Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate leader from Nevada, has announced he will not be seeking reelection to his U.S. Senate seat, the New York Times reported yesterday. Reid would have faced a tough challenge from Republicans if he sought re-election in 2016. Many believe the reason Harry Reid is retiring is due to an eye injury he sustained on Jan. 1 of this year, but he dismisses that or the Democrats being in the minority in the Senate as reasons for his retirement.
“He also said he was worried his race would consume campaign money that would be needed in other competitive states as Democrats try to regain control of the Senate,” the New York Times reported, and quote Harry Reid as saying, “I think it is unfair for me to be soaking up all the money to be re-elected with what we are doing in Maryland, in Pennsylvania, in Missouri, in Florida… These are big, expensive states.”
Breitbart News also reported this as the stated reason from Harry Reid on why he’s retiring, but also reported another possible reason for Reid’s retirement. Perhaps investigations of some of Reid’s past might otherwise become a problem if he had decided to seek re-election in 2016. Breitbart suggested investigations by a Republican Attorney General, if the GOP wins the White House in 2016, might be on Harry Reid’s mind.
“A Republican Attorney General would be almost certain to initiate a criminal investigation into Reid’s abuse of his political power in a brazen intervention in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) issuance of EB-5 visas to investors in a Las Vegas casino and hotel that was represented by his son, Rory Reid, as was highlighted in a report released by the Inspector General of DHS last week,” Breitbart News reported.
Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova told Breitbart, “I think Harry Reid’s getting out of town ahead of the posse” and also said,”[t]here is no doubt in my mind that an independent Department of Justice or an independent U.S. Attorney would open a preliminary criminal investigation into Harry Reid’s intervention into the expediting of EB-5 visas and would in addition convene a grand jury.”
Several issues related to Harry Reid were listed, including alleged involvement with abuse of power by Senator Robert Menendez, involvement of his son Rory Reid in a casino project, and other alleged “insider deals” involving Harry Reid.
Harry Reid has also announced, with his retirement, that he will be support New York Senator Charles Schumer as his replacement for Senate Democratic Leader, the Inquisitr reported two days ago.
The Inquisitr reported Harry Reid, in announcing his retirement, as saying, “I’ve had time to ponder and to think. We’ve got to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the state of Nevada than us. And as a result of that, I’m not going to run for re-election.”
[Photo of Harry Reid from Breitbart News]