September 1st, 2009
09:49 AM ET
5 years ago

No love for Harry Reid on the Tea Party Express

Kareann Harris of Las Vegas shows her disapproval with Reid.
Kareann Harris of Las Vegas shows her disapproval with Reid.

Las Vegas, NEVADA (CNN) - As the Tea Party Express rolls out of Las Vegas, there is at least one person who may be glad to see it go: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"There's been kind of an underground gathering of opponents of Harry Reid," said Mark Williams, one of the organizers of the cross country conservative caravan that is making its way towards Washington.

Williams says that dislike of the Nevada Democrat is one of the key factors that is driving people to come out to the five Nevada stops on the tour. With Reid not being up for election until 2010, Williams says people are using the tea parties to come together and vent their frustration with the state's senior senator.

Protesters at a tea party event in Sparks, Nevada drew a rather unflattering caricature of the senator and taped it to the door of a port-a-pottie.

In Winnemucca, Nevada Deborah Johns, another tour organizer, won big applause when she brought up Reid.

"It's time to let Harry Reid know it's time to go back to searchlight," she said, referring to Reid's hometown in Nevada. "When he gets there the lights are going to be out."

In Las Vegas, Kareann Harris came out with a sign that read, "Harry wants Vegas Unemployed" on one side and "Las Vegas Wants Harry Unemployed" on the other.

"Harry Reid is doing nothing for the people here," she said. Harris also took issue with comments President Obama made in February disparaging companies receiving federal bailout money from traveling on corporate junkets to places like Las Vegas.

"You can't get corporate jets. You can't go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer's dime," Obama said at a town hall then.

The president's comments worried many in Las Vegas, a city with an economy that relies heavily on tourism.

"When Barack Obama spoke against the city of Las Vegas Harry Reid laid down and took it," Harris said. "Harry should have stood up for us."

Barbara Goldman, a retired New York City teacher who now lives in Las Vegas, agreed with Harris.

"I don't like the fact that when Obama told corporations not to come here to do their conventions, [Reid] said nothing."

A registered Republican, Goldman said she voted for Reid in his last election - a decision she now regrets. Her sign was a bit more simple: "Dump Reid"

Meanwhile, Reid's office sent a young staffer, Sean Kennedy, on the road to trail the caravan as it made its way across the Silver State. He has videotaped each event.

Williams made a point of introducing Kennedy at each of the rallies and spoke directly into Kennedy's camera to address the Nevada senator.

"Your going down pal! This is our country, it's not your country, it's not your fiefdom Mr. Reid!" he said at the Winnemucca stop to much approval from the crowd.

Sharron Angle hitched a ride on the tea party express as it made its way to Las Vegas. She served four terms in the Nevada State Assembly and expects to run in next year's Republican Senate primary.

"He says he works hard for us but we have 13.1 percent unemployment right here in Las Vegas. We are down 27 percent in tourism," Angle after addressing the crowd at the Las Vegas stop.

Angle thinks that if she can tap into the passion on display at the tea parties she might have a chance against the top Democrat in the Senate.

"These are just regular folks," Angle said as she surveyed the crowd, "and they're not wanting to join the choir, they're wanting to join the army."

The tea party tour is now headed to Flagstaff, Arizona.


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soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The conservatism is dead. These people are beating a dead horse. I find it amazing that they have time to attend these protests while average Americans are at work.

    September 1, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Bluebonnet

    I'm glad Nevadans are tiring of Reid. He's such a nonentity; wimpy wimpy wimpy.

    September 1, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. Expat American

    Once again…where were these tea baggers when Bush was spending their money to launch an invasion based on an outright lie?

    Oh yes. They were defecating in their trousers out of pure joy at the sight of missiles begin shot into family weddings full of civilians during Shock and Awe…

    After all, that’s the Republican ‘values’ they voted for and hold so dear after all.

    September 1, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. NJ

    How hillarious is it that these wing-nuts claim to be "non-partisan?" How many Rethugs have you heard them complaining about?

    Only one President in the last thirty years has NOT ran a deficit. So come on wing-nuts....be what you claim to be and ask Bill Clinton to speak at one of your rallies. Or are you really just a Republican astro turf operation?

    September 1, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. I can see Canada from my house!

    I hate to break tt to this moron( Angle), but Harry Reid did not create the tourism industry in Nevada. Its interesting they are not blaming the recent string of incompentant Republican governors who had no problem taking federal dollars Harry Reid obtained to help develop Las Vegas. BTW, where is their outrage at John Ensign, who rubber-stamped the tax cuts and deregulation that helped to create this mess? The conservatives in Nevada have always taken from Washington, and never give back.

    Typical lazy hypocrites. They complain when things are good, and threated to secede when things are bad. In the meantime, they spend like drunken sailors on shore leave, but gripe when the police and fire departments don't arrive fast enough. They want it both ways: all the goodies, none of the responsibility.

    September 1, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Irma in North Carolina

    Well thank god the media wont be there, at least the us wont be so embrassed at the words hate that will flowing so freely out of her mouth. She must be using that PAC money that they dont where it went. Wonder if she will take whole family. May she will ask Chenney, Rush and coulter and her cabinet members from fox news. She should also take the pastor from Ariz that from the puplit he prays for the Presidents death.

    September 1, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Tony

    Just how stupid is Harry Reid? What type of person says that to a person they represent, especially one who can make his life hell?

    Was he not thingking or just so pious that he thinks he can do no wrong?

    This guy needs to be voted out if for no other reason than he wanted an employer in his state go out of business! I still think he works for the people.......

    September 1, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. victim of republican greed

    Yet these idiots are delighted with Sen. Ensign? Fox entertainment and the millionaires in the health care industry sure can get stupid people fired up.

    September 1, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. Patrick

    As a Democrat, I agree that Reid is horrible. But he's far, far better than any Republican.

    September 1, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. victim of republican greed

    One wonders how Glenn Beck, Charles Manson, and Bonnie and Clyde always appeal to a certain segment of the population.

    September 1, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. aCorNN watchdog

    This feud between the liberal Senate Leader and the liberal Las Vegas newspaper is worth watching. This could be a push to get Harry to not run for re-election. There are several prominent Democrats in trouble in their states....Dodd, Spector and Reid in the Senate.... I expect the Dems will stick with Dodd (he is one of "theirs")
    Spector will be opposed in the primary....and the DNC will "find" a way to support the opponent and break the deal they made when he jumped parties. Don't be surprised if ol' Harry decides not to run.
    The Dems darling in NV is new congressman Deena Titus and they would love to run her for Senate. They would like to save her to run against Ensign later on, but if Harry looks like a loser, they will make the move.

    If things look real bad going into the midterms, don't be surprised if the Dems house campaigns feature calls for new leadership and talk of a new speaker!!!

    September 1, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Steph

    Nothing says "grassroots uprising" like a fancy tour bus filled with people who are able to take two weeks away from work and life's responsibilities to travel cross country, complaining about a variety of things.

    September 1, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. Lotta Muni

    These Tea Party folks need to get real! I have no doubt that a National Healthcare Service will run just as smoothly as 'Cash For Clunkers' and the federal mortgage assistance programs. Oh, no wait, both of those are turning out to be huge albatrosses, poorly organized and operated, resulting in long waits for benefits, people getting lost in the shuffle of paerperwork and general mismanagement.
    Nevermind.

    September 1, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Mike

    Harry Reid polls about 32 percent approval and nobama is at 42 percent. I smell the winds of "change" coming in 2010 and 2012. Now that is change I can believe in.

    September 1, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. victim of republican greed

    Saw the secession rally in Austin, Texas. Fox entertainment would be proud of the treasonist remarks of those 200 anti Americans. Sam Houston, on the other hand, would roll over in his grave.

    September 1, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Dennis

    Harry Reid seems totally ineffective as Senate Majority leader. The people of Nevada appear to have had enough of him.

    September 1, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. Coolbreeze Hussein

    "You can't get corporate jets. You can't go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer's dime," Obama said at a town hall then.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    What is wrong with this statement? I thought that America's taxpayer's were concerned about the way their money was being spent. It appears to me that the President WAS looking out for you and your dollars. Make up your minds about what you want from him before you accuse him of taking your livelyhood away. Maybe you really have other agendas that you are working toward.

    September 1, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  18. Keith in Austin

    Harry Reid is a socialistic little weasel. Anyone that would vote for this dismal excuse of a senator is the same! His departure from the Federal Government is GOOD for America! Stand up Nevadans and put this liberal wimp into retirement!

    September 1, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. Polar Bears Against Palin

    These bums are committing treason. Probably sent into town by the health insurance companies to cry about how awful everything is. Where were these right-wing skunks when Republican policies were driving the economy into the ground? Not a peep then.

    September 1, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. Sniffit

    You're supposed to drink the tea, not smoke it...morons. Enjoy the demise of the conservative movement...I know I will.

    September 1, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. "Victim" - Often Used, Rarely True

    No love for intelligence or facts on the Tea Party Express. Apparently, judging by their signs, this noisy group likely started as a scrap-booking class that got a little out of hand...

    September 1, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. Phil

    Good for those citizens. It is about time American citizens woke up and became politically active.

    September 1, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. Kevin in Ohio

    If Reid wants to keep his seat, he better start listening to the true mainstream Americans. Same goes for all the other dems pandering to their ultra left-wing bases, including Mr.Obama.

    September 1, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  24. Jeff Brown

    The Tea Baggers? They were so happy living with the policies of Idiot Bush and War Criminal Cheney? What Lemmings!!!!!

    September 1, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. Bill

    This "Tea Party" needs to come to an end. No constructive ideas coming from this group of blowhards!

    September 1, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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