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. Jim

    All this money being spent by insurance companies and drug companies, as well as the RNC to disrupt the discussion on health care reform and continue to spread lies and confusion.

    Right our of Karl Roves playbook, which he borrowed from the NAZIs.

    I wonder how much money is being spent on this "tour", and if any of these folks ever thought that maybe this money was more than thier taxes would be going up with a national plan?

    I think not.

    September 1, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Ryan Indy

    Harry Reid would have gotten a traitors death if he lived during Lincolns era.....He will soon be looking for a Job come 2010, dont let the door hit you on the way out....

    September 1, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. phoenix86

    Next to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid is the most detrimental individual to the nation.

    September 1, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. victim of republican greed

    On January 20, 2009, these fools think unemployed dropped to 13.1%, and tourism dropped 27% in Las Vegas. All because Obama wanted those taking part of the bailout money to stop using taxpayer money for their corporate orgies.

    September 1, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Republicans are the American Taliban

    WOW CNN!!! What a story!! 50 right wing political extreemists wear teabags and travel around drawing pictures with crayons and deface public toilets and you give them a podium to spread their lies and hate....they should be at the airport chasing away the Republican toe tappers and adulterors flying back from Argentina. Seems the Republicans are all stepping over each other now to visit and cavort with socialists, communists...and their Taliban bretheren....

    September 1, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Kansan

    These "Tea Party" people are more crazy nuts filled with mis-information going around spreading their craziness to every gullible American they can find. Let's guess their favorite word...I bet it's "Socialist"....ooooo we are so scared by their scary boogie man word....

    The Republican's are really going the extra mile to sabotage this administrtation and will stop at nothing to make it fail so they can attempt to sweep in and say "we're here to fix things". They will stop at nothing to get their precious power back even if they have to sacrifice Americans to do it. They feel that power is their devine right...I'm glad that most educated American's see through their bull.

    September 1, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Independant Vet

    Gradually ,it will come about , Reid , pelosi , an the rest of Obama's click . Are out to help the illegals ,an let the working people pay for there miss management of the goverment.

    Next , he will walk away from the war .

    This is your change . Illegals first an foremost , they are the ones that put him in office. To be come Ceo of every corp.

    September 1, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Andi

    So these protests are just big whiner sessions? Do these people have any suggestions other than to kill, impeach, or 'get rid of' people they don't agree with?

    September 1, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Quick2822

    Wow CNN, you must have been shocked to learn that the "Ron Paul Libertarian Express" doesn't like Harry Reid.

    September 1, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. A Yank in NC

    Good. I am fed up with politicians thinking they are above the people. We elect them. They represent us.

    The article in the LV Review Journal was AMAZING. Hats off to Sherman Frederick for standing up when so much of the press core and media lacks the backbone.

    September 1, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. D from SC

    Notice how Fox News is promoting the Tea Bagger parties.

    Yep, flair and unbalance.

    September 1, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. gg

    who,s paying these people

    September 1, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Post always rejected by CNN

    I suppose that is what the RNC is doing with the money they collect. They are paying butts to protest. Anybody and I mean anybody that wants to put a republican back in office needs to be made to take their meds.

    September 1, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. Peggy - TX

    MORANS ON THE MARCH, stamping out all vestiges of good will toward our fellow man, spreading lies and propagating unjustified fears to everyday Americans. March on, you fools, your evil intentions are shining through. Racist from all over are being attracted to your ranks in droves and the American people at watching, associating you and your views with the Republican Party insuring that, NEVER again, will that party be able to win a national election.

    From a life long loyal Democrat – I thank you.

    September 1, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Ben in Texas

    Compare this small, corporate funded bunch of tea sippers, and the amount of attention they are getting, to the thousands who marched in opposition to the Iraq war fiasco. Then tell me about the "liberal media".

    The media are owned by corporations, and their purpose is to make money and promote corporate interests. They cannot do otherwise. Do you think corporations want more taxes on the rich or to be forced to pay for health care for all workers? That should give you some clue about the motivation that controls which stories we hear about. A small group of peripatetic tea sipping nitwits makes news because they coincide with the interests of media corporations like CNN.

    September 1, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Gary

    Harry Reid is a dope and not listening to the American people....we need someone else to lead the senate. Frankly, I don't care if it is a Republican or Democrat or Independent as long as we get some new smarter people than Reid. Someone who will listen to the people and make decisions that make our country (and our healthcare system) stronger not weaker. Go Home Harry!!! "anybody but" Harry Reid!!!!

    September 1, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. Ron

    Has anyone noticed that the Tea Party Express is made up entirely of white people? All the interviews and news reports on television during Tea Party events show only white people. As a white person it makes me wonder what they really are protesting.

    September 1, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. Right Leaning Independent

    Reid does not understand he represents all Americans and he can not ram unpopular policies down out throats. I think the Dems are going to lose big next year. In fairness, it is easier getting to the top than staying there.

    September 1, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    well well by the time some of these people get where ther going they will need a Public Health Care Plan. How much money they are getting paid to do this or who buying the gas or food, they are getting free air time. It say Tea Party but who got the Tea Bags

    September 1, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. George Augusto

    Bye bye, "The War Is Lost" Harry.

    September 1, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Doug, New Jersey

    It really is up to the single conservatives and Grandparents to come out and be heard. With the instructions to severely harm the opposition from the Union Bosses and ACORN cronies to their thugs, those who have children need to think about them first before putting their lives on the line by protesting against the socialist Dictator at 1600.

    September 1, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. Torch

    Ok, Reids goose is cooked.

    time to focus on Pelosi

    then get to work on Obama

    then we'll have purged the leadership of the maxists, socialists and communists...

    Better get on the train! You can't stop it...

    September 1, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  23. Insurance company employees on the march

    Tourism may be down due to people becoming smarter and not giving their money to rich crooks in Vegas and are now using their money for better reasons.

    September 1, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. AstroTurf This

    I think half the reason people voted for Obama and the Democrats this past election was that they were hopeful if they had the majority they would shut up. Maybe if they had what they wanted they'd stop the partisan hate-mongering and do some good things for the country. To the contrary...it just made them worse. Not only did they become more partisan they dissed the American public. When the population is 50/50 the common sense thing to do if you want to remain popular and in office is to govern from the middle. You might not please the far left or the far right but you will at least keep the majority happy. Instead, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi put their blinders on and basically flipped off the entire country and decided they were more elite and knowledgable than the public so therefore they were going to take care of themselves first. We will find out the next election how that strategy worked out. They better start updating their resumes.

    September 1, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Kitchen Police

    The "white is right" crowd back in swing! Get out of their way or they just might "hate" you to death!

    September 1, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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