October 14th, 2009
04:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Harry Reid's son enters Nevada gubernatorial race

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won't be the only member of his family facing Nevada's voters in 2010 now that his son is officially joining the state's gubernatorial campaign.

Rory Reid, 47, will kick off his campaign for Nevada's top job at a rally in Las Vegas on Wednesday evening. Currently serving his second term as Commissioner for Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, the younger Reid says he expects to make the election one about ideas and policies, not his family ties.

"Nobody has asked me who my father is. I think people want to go back to work. They want to know they have a secure future here in our state," Reid recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The senior Reid is already facing a tough re-election campaign, with recent polls showing him lagging behind several potential Republican opponents. A Mason-Dixon poll released Tuesday indicated just 38 percent of Nevadans approve of the senator's job performance, while 50 percent disapprove.

A spokesman for the Republican Governors Association said the GOP was delighted by news of Rory Reid's candidacy.

"Harry Reid doesn't do many favors for Republicans, but we could not have asked for a better present than having two Reids on the ballot instead of just one," RGA's Mike Schrimpf said in a Wednesday statement. Reid's candidacy is expected to clear the Democratic field so that he can focus on the general election, while Nevada's embattled Republican governor, Jim Gibbons, faces a likely primary challenge


Filed under: Harry Reid • Nevada
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    I thought he was in jail or under indictment. Oh well, he soon will be joining his lying, corrupt father in jail.

    October 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Wise Latina

    Oh this is just too hysterically funny! We now get to see TWO Reids kicked in the arse in upcoming elections. Double your pleasure,....

    October 14, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. mark

    ugghhhh....another reid, bad gene pool...

    October 14, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Hugo

    This is news? I recall when Cheney and Bush were lamenting about the newly formed Iraqi Government, pushing them to stay away from injecting nepotism and cronyism into their political boiler plate. What a joke, this has become American politics, you are born into it! Ask a Kennedy, a Bush, a Gore, a Biden or a Reid!

    How many of these elitists have had a son killed in a war, ever?
    Answer: NONE, in the rear with the gear!

    I will bet he doesn't get elected!

    October 14, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Tim

    What are the odds that there are two totally worthless men in the Reid family?

    October 14, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Bluebonnet

    Wonder if he is as stupid as Harry. Moreover, is Nevada foolish enough to elect another REID?

    October 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Why O Why

    After his Dad will be shown as a disgrace. [spread the wealth]

    Higher Taxes for all.......

    October 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Dar

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, thats to funny, Ried has destoryed his family name and his kid thinks he has a chance????????. The right is comimng and they are coming fast.

    October 14, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. phoenix86

    Another political dynasty, just like the Kennedys. Just as out-of-touch, just as pathetic.

    October 14, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. a little sad

    Rory is a truly decent guy. Good luck!

    October 14, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Idiot_Boehner

    Reid has a better shot at governor of Nevada than Jeff Bush has for Florida senate. What's in a name?

    October 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Ron

    nooooooooooo, not another one!

    October 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Enough

    Good luck, with Reid as your father you are doomed and have NO future in politics. Time to go to plan B.

    October 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Idiot_Boehner

    I believe the Bush family has the record for the most worthless men in the same family.

    October 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. joe smith

    he will, if elected, be able to oversee the train being planned from L.A. to Las Vegas, and all the loose money that brings..APAC always looks for a patsy to keep their hopes alive..

    October 14, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Old sailor

    Don't want graft and corruption, don't vote for an incumbent...
    We, the American voters, are at fault. We support graft and corruption by voting them back into office.

    October 14, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Cindy

    Back to the stimulus plan defense...

    Had we not done a stimulus plan; had we just done nothing, like what Republicans wanted us to do... We would have suffered a decade of depression... like what happened after the bubble burst in Japan in the 1990s.

    We are already on the way to recovery. It's been 1 year, not a whole decade. I think the Stimulus was way way better a plan than the Do Nothing plan.

    Heck, I even credit GWBush for knowing this, too.

    October 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Ken

    That's great, if for no other reason than that it will make all the vacuous rightwing neo-swine out there squeeeeeeeeel, as their panties get bunched up around their noses.

    October 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. LacrosseDad

    the biggest lobbyist in Nevada....he learned well from the biggest crook in Nevada.

    October 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Idiot_Pelosi

    Ha Ha. What a JOKE! Like father like son.

    October 14, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Tim-wit

    You mean like all the worthless males that remain in the remnant [R] households? When is the last time a goofy [R] politician ever did anything good for this country. Just to clue all you neo-whiners in: Reid is in power for the very reason that YOU rightwingers and your policies FAILED, and failed miserably I might add.

    October 14, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. Steve (the real one)

    Who do they think they are, the Kennedys? Say no to dynasties, Nevada!

    October 14, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Dave

    Is it just me, or is anyone else having trouble saying the guy's name without sounding like Scooby-Doo, or the Jetson's dog Astro?

    October 14, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |