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. Four and The Door

    These people speak for many when they say we have had enough with big government politicians ravaging the Treasury and America's future without bound. These huge spending programs have not even come close to satisfying their promises and now they are trying to perpetrate the biggest boondoggle of all...Public Option health care. It's a bad idea with zero chance of success. No thanks. Your big expensive party on our tab is over.

    September 1, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Bertina

    Maybe they should get a life and worry about their own instead of others.

    September 1, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Chris

    Maybe unemployment rates and the number of people with healthcare would increase if these idiots would go out and get a job instead of attending these "tea partys." My 5 year old neice attends tea parties with her dolls....I'm beginning to see the similarities. I would compare these people to my neice, but that would be an insult to her intelligence. So, that only leaves the brainless dolls....

    Do they really think they are making a difference or being constructive? Come to the table with ideas and constructive conversations, not signs, insults, and gas guzzling RVs (another reason I dislike them – stop wasting gas and killing the environment).

    Obama overwhelming won the election. Let's give the man a chance to turn this country around, despite the best efforts of these yahoos to prevent that.

    September 1, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Tracy

    Imagine what these people could do for society if they spent all of their energy helping others.

    September 1, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Dems are nothing but HateMongers

    Good for them. It's time for Change we can believe in!

    There will no doubt be many posts from Kool-Aid drinking libs that believe that people like Reid and Pelosi are really looking out for the "little guy" and that these protests are nothing more than "astro turf".

    These idiots will find out soon enough what the reality is. Good Grief!

    The unconstitutional Health Care Reform bill being pushed by the House – WILL FAIL!

    September 1, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Ben

    CNN you need to stop this nonsense. These people are not folks that voted for Reid so what's all this about?

    September 1, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. ED

    I hope the Teaparty Express comes to Southern California. We have a few choice words for Barbara Boxer down here!!!!!!!!!! (and you better watch out, Dianne Feinstein!!!!!!!!!!)

    September 1, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    Where's the news on Harry wish for his hometown newspaper:

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) apparently had some choice words last week his home-state's largest paper, the Republican-leaning Las Vegas Review-Journal.

    Review-Journal columnist Sherman Frederick wrote that the paper's advertising director Bob Brown met up with Reid at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon, and that Reid told Brown: "I hope you go out of business."

    2010 is going to be a bad year for the Liberals....even worse than 2009.

    September 1, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. WhoCares?

    Once again as with all these "Tea-parties"...Look at all that diversity!!

    Just re-name the tea-bagging jihad to "Whites against everyone else Party!"

    September 1, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Go Tea party Express GO! (Taxed enough already=TEA)
    Yes time the two major parties to remember “We the People". Nobody trusts either the DNC or the RNC anymore. They have lied and taxed us over and over.
    We do not need law makers any longer, what we need is law un-makers to remove the handcuffs of big Government from our hands and feet.
    If our money was left with the wage earners instead of being pick pocketed from us but the Government, than maybe our money would have some value again.

    September 1, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Klow

    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.

    This is SO elementary. And conservatives wonder why so many people have fled the Republican Party. OK, Boys and Girls let’s settle down and get down to business because there are some serious problems that this country is facing. These problems will not be solved with ridiculous caricatures.

    September 1, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Toni in Illinois

    Washington likes to call the people involved in the Tea Party rallies nut jobs or outside the norm. What the people in Washington don't get (and that would be Republicans as well as the Democrats) is that the middle class in this country are tired. Tired of being taken advantage of – tired of Washington ignoring us – Tired of the career politicians calling us names when we don't agree with them. It is time for ALL Americans to take back this country – let the politicians know that their gig is not guaranteed – we need to see results or they are outta there!

    September 1, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. LacrosseMom

    Interesting how these "tea party people" are screaming against Obama and Reid, etc., and yet........ they were the SAME people calling Liberals....... anti-American ...... and......... un-Patriotic for complaining about BUSH!

    Hypocrites.

    September 1, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Tina

    So, what are they protesting? Taxes, a single person (is it Reid or Obama this week), health care reform – or are they just whining about whatever they don't like? News flash – no one will like absolutely everything about the government, or about life. Get over it. Get over yourselves.

    Let's get back on track – we need health care reform and the public option!

    September 1, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. FactCheck

    Oh golly, a faux "grass roots" effort organized by a big, bad Republican PAC manages to gather about 2,000 people in Las Vegas. We should all be so frightened. The people have spoken.

    September 1, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Tony from Michigan

    Aside from anything the American Taliban says, if Harry Reid was a true leader the election would take care of it self. Sen. Reid deserves to loose.

    September 1, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. WI Henry

    Gee where were these tea party protests when Bush was spending 3 trillion dollars on a war based on lies?? Hypocrites as always.

    September 1, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    It must really suck being a republican in America. The GOP is coming apart at the seams, has no leadership, and no where to turn. The comments on CNN's threads - and elsewhere - from the GOPers are always negative and filled with anger, hate, and lies.

    The tea party tour is an extension of this. If the GOPers want to remain in negative limbo for the next 3 years screaming and shouting in angry denial, great for them I guess - it's their life.

    I, however, am ready to move on from the hate and anger and lies.

    September 1, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Mike

    I'm sorry, this is just ridiculous. More and more people from both the left and right are rooting for their party loyalties blindly, as if these were sports franchises and the only thing that matters is if their team wins. Slogans and rhetoric accomplish nothing. A PAC funded "grass roots" tour accomplishes nothing. It's time to actually listen to what each side has to say, and to actually talk about ideas and compromises and leave the idiot spin to the talking heads on TV who are trying to desperately fill their allotted time slot.

    September 1, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Luke

    Reid has been the scourge of Nevada for too long and it is time to get rid of him. I lived in Nevada for 6 years and its sad to see he has represented the state so poorly. You know when businesses & casinos are trashing you it is trouble. Reid talks alot of trash but has accomplished nothing for the State.

    September 1, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Jinny Lee

    People are just so ignorant and impatient. Where were their voices when all this began eight years ago? They just let it ride didn't they. Now it seems they (whiners) are using this administration as a scapegoat. Pathetic.

    September 1, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    Reid's constituents should hold him responsible for his failure to represent the people, and play party politics, instead.

    Put him and all of the other worthless politicians out of office, in both parties, and let's elect some people who actually listen to their constituents and vote according to what the people want.

    September 1, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Neil

    Good. Harry Reid is an elitist jerk that stopped serving the people long ago. These politicians need to remember what government 'By the people for the people" means.

    September 1, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. George Bush

    You can blame me for the unemployment in your town. Not Harry Reid.

    September 1, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. big papa

    I hope that Tea Party Express comes to Detroit...

    ...we'll show them how confederate inbred TRAITORS should be treated...

    September 1, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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