(CNN) - A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday responded to a scathing column published in Sunday's Las Vegas Review-Journal that recounted an unfriendly encounter between Reid and the paper's advertising director, in which the Nevada senator told the executive: "I hope you go out of business."
"Clearly he wasn't serious," Reid spokesman Jon Summers told CNN in an e-mailed statement. "Once again, the editors at the Review-Journal got it wrong."
A follow-up phone call to Reid's office seeking more details on the encounter was not immediately returned.
Review-Journal Publisher Sherman Frederick detailed the incident, which occurred on August 26 at a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
"As [Director of Advertising] Bob [Brown] shook hands with our senior U.S. Senator in what should have been nothing but a gracious business setting," Frederick wrote, "Reid said: 'I hope you go out of business.'"
In the op-ed, Frederick shot back that his paper can "damn sure outlast" Reid.
Frederick called Reid's remark 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."
"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," Frederick wrote, "I can only imagine how he pressures businesses and individuals who don't have the wherewithal of the Review-Journal."
The Review-Journal has been a vocal critic of the Senate Democratic leader. Sunday's piece is the latest in a series of editorials sharply critical of Reid.
The morning of Reid's confrontation with Brown, the Review-Journal published an editorial entitled "Not Wild About Harry," which accused Reid of "being the face and voice of an increasingly statist, job-killing liberal agenda" and reminded readers of a poll that shows Reid trailing two leading Republican contenders in possible 2010 senatorial match-ups.
According to a Mason-Dixon poll of Nevada voters from earlier this month, Reid faces 11 and five-point deficits against two leading Republican challengers for a 2010 Senate bid.
The Review-Journal endorsed Sen. Reid for a fourth Senate term in 2004, but during Reid's earlier run against Republican John Ensign in 1998, the paper backed Ensign.
Senator Reid's days in the US Senate are numbered,...there is a God!
The Review Journal caters to the extremists of the republican party.
Harry Reid as a person has never been that mean-spirited. Sounds like a right-wing-nut-job LIE to me.
All you people asking if the Democrats have any success stories, let's turn the tables and ask the same question about the Republican wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. What success stories, huh? Hundreds of thousands dead, over a trillion in debt when Bush left office, still no WMD's and where is the oil money from Iraq that was supposed to pay for it all? De-regulate the markets and let's watch Wall St. implode...try to pin it on Carter/Clinton for the FHA/HUD for requiring banks to lend to people who couldn't afford a house, but that was only a percentage. What about all the (non-HUD/non-FHA) people already in homes who got suckered into the teaser-rate re-fi by unscrupulous Mtg brokers looking to make a few points on a no-doc loan? People are stupid for signing, but not everything is the Dems fault.
Nevadans loves hypocritical self-rightous senators like Ensign, the poster boy for family values. If Reid wants to get re-elected, in order to placate Nevada voters he needs to join the C-Street cult, have affairs with employees, and visit prostitutes. The more hypocrisy, the better.
when the worlds biggest capitalist country has to go to communist countries and borrow money to survive because they cannot control there greed also tells me who will be around longer
Democratic Party won 2008 Elections.
1. Majority of Americans wanted them to win.
2. Majority of Americans felt GOP was not a Good Party.
3. Majority of Americans liked the Democratic Party's Ideology.
4. Majority of Americans did not like the GOP's Ideology.
GOP fans, have to follow the Democrats,
Have their Passports and Leave.
Becasuse America is not GOVERNED BY DEMOCRATS.
So let's see – he told a reporter he wished his paper would go out of business. So? For the 8 years of the Bush administration, I told people I wished he'd resign or be impeached. And just about every single conservative posting here has said they hope Obama will be voted out of the White House in 2012. Explain to me what Reid did wrong here?
W/e...even if it's true, he probably said it with a wink-wink-nudge-nudge. The GOP really really needs to do something about it's crybaby syndrome.
The Review-Journal have their heads where the sun don't shine. Simple marketing procedures ignored from 2002 through 2006.
Every time the far-right comments on ANY article, the same words appear, "socialist, Marxist, communists, etc., etc."
What SUCCESS have the GOP had?????????????????????????
September 11th- a GOP president did not heed warnings of an impending attack, he did not add extra security to our airports.
Torture, the breaking of American & International Laws
Spying on American citizens, breaking Constitutional Laws
And....... the Great Recession........ ALL compliments of the GOP!
I hope the (gimme-a-handout-socialist) Liberals go out of bussiness.
Typical liberal mindset. If I can't have everything my way, I will call you names and spread lies about you, so there. The army is in the wrong place looking for terrorists, they should be in Washington D.C.. There are more people there that hate America than anywhere else in the world.