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. Kevin

    He and other senators who are not listening to their constituents need to take heat. The arrogance of this man and this administration is disgusting. They have been rushing to spend money that the country does not have to spend and when people voice their displeasure they are attacked and insulted by the media. The people in congress need to start listening and do a lot less talking.

    September 1, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Sharon,Daniel Island

    THE RACIST,BIGOTS,COMPLAINERS,IN SHORT THE REPUBLICIANS HAVE A CAUSE.They all hate the President, its really sad how the color of skin can affect one persons preception

    September 1, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Scott Whitehill

    I love Nevada! Finally, people are realizing how much destruction HARRY REID has caused.. I can't wait to see the wiezle gone!!

    September 1, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Melissa

    Thats because all those taking part in the tea party's are being childish.

    September 1, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Jefe

    Most of these people aren't even Conservatives. They're for big government, as long as the spending goes toward oil, weapons, or "nation-building" corporations. They're for government interference in private lives, as long as that interference is toward those who make different choices than them, and, for the most part, they come from "Red States", who receive more money in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes (i.e. the opposite of most "Blue States")

    September 1, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Carlos

    Glad to see the people of Nevada doing the right thing, now if California and Mass will wake up and get rid of their free loading libs.

    September 1, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Justin

    So anti-tax, anti-government tea-party passion is agitating to get more taxpayer-backed corporate dollars funneled to Nevada?

    Apparently, they support government waste and mismanagement as long as it benefits them.

    Long live the tea party!

    September 1, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. rickymo

    Winnemucca is the armpit of nevada..who cares

    September 1, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. John

    ... Tea bag express.

    September 1, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Pepou

    Get a life and a REAL job Kareanne Harris. I wonder how much you are paid per day to embarrass yourself publicly ?

    September 1, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Mark Eibert

    Way to go Kareann. Reid forgets, we are local, and we vote. I hope he enjoys his last year in DC.

    September 1, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Robin in Tampa, FL

    The Teaparty tour is being sponsored by a conservative lobbyist firm, this is about as grassroots as seeing a Blood drive mobile drive into your town.

    September 1, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. The Voice

    If the last administration was in office, this people would be happy. They are for status quo and want to continue to allow the rich take trillions from the poor.

    They lost, they can't deal with it. America voted for change. Time to move on and allow America to progress and move in the right direction.

    September 1, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Ron In California

    Time for the "War is Lost" Senator to be voted out. He and Pelosi are both hurting our great country with their left wing views. Most of the country is moderate, not far left or far right. Govern for the majority.

    September 1, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Jay T.

    Yeah, there is a large sector of the conservative movement who watches Fox News and operates (makes fools of themselves) based on a heap of false information, a heap of false information that ruins it for everyone else. But, you know, Harry Reid is spineless.

    September 1, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Drindl, Reality USA

    Who cares what these nutbags think?

    Why do you even bother covering a convention of asylum inmates?

    September 1, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. John

    These people are the ones who never voted hor Reid anyways so who cares what this minority thinks???

    September 1, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Jim in San Jose 2

    There's no love for ANYONE on the "Tea Party" Express. And by the way, Tea Baggers, I think you are just doing this to get on TV. You can't form logical, well prepared arguments, so you rant and incite riots and violence. Way to go!

    September 1, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Jon

    Obama was right. Bank executives spending taxpayer money on trips to Las Vegas is not what the American people want, despite what you might hear from this vocal group of disgruntled casino employees.

    September 1, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Chipster

    There really isn't much love for Harry Reid in the Democratic Party either. He seems like a nice enough person but he simply doesn't stand up against the nonsense being said about health care or any other issues.

    Democrats as a whole have failed to communicate how much health care is costing our military for personnel or how much is costing the government for treating the uninsured.

    Oh, sure, the Tea Party types don't want the government to pay for health care for the "lazy, good-for-nothings" who have no insurance – until THEY lose their job and health coverage or their son or daughter has a health crisis that their insurance doesn't cover!

    They're the first to holler, why doesn't the government do something?! It's so different when it's them – because of course THEY'RE different.. Everyone else is lazy, freeloader but they're just down on their luck. Like Craig T. Nelson – doesn't believe in government handouts but he's been on welfare/foodstamps. That fool actually said that! Good grief!

    September 1, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. billy ray sayles

    He's a sorry leader for the Demorcratic Party. Him and Pelosi should abdicate their leadership positions. They have no gravitate.

    September 1, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. Change_Has_Begun

    These Tea Party people want corporate cronies to fly in their jets on tax payer bailout money and gamble in Las Vegas so that Las Vegas can increase tourism – are you guys nuts? Oh well you people are nuts when you oppose well being for all of America and Americans.

    September 1, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. BobH

    Why is it that even though these events attract tiny crowds, they get national media coverage? And why is it that they are taken seriously when they offer no coherent plan for health care themselves?

    September 1, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. c navarro

    Obama never stated that educated people who make their own decisions should not spend the money they work hard for in places like Vegas. He said if you are asking for financial help don't spend money frivolosly. Something i would presume a conservative would understand. It is called a recession for a reason- people don't have money to spend. Quite frankly unlike the universe the economy is not infinite. after a certian point there is nothing left to build no more trinkets to buy. Conservatives do not want money spent unless something meets their approval. While i hate that we spent so much and would have the dems do it differently it is no different than spending billions on a war half the country did not beilive in.

    September 1, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. tony

    So, the teabaggers support corporations receiving federal bailouts going by corporate jets to Vegas on the taxpayer's dime, even though the teabaggers are taxed enough already?

    September 1, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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