July 9th, 2010
07:54 AM ET
4 years ago

Reid name politically toxic in Nevada?

Rory Reid campaigning for governor in Nevada in March.
Rory Reid campaigning for governor in Nevada in March.

Washington (CNN) - As President Obama campaigned for Rory Reid's famous and powerful father in Nevada, the son was hundreds of miles away campaigning for governor.

While there's no animosity between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his son, the younger Reid's use of his first name on his campaign's website and television ads is telling, a veteran political observer in Nevada said.

"Obviously he's trying to downplay his last name," said Jon Ralston, a columnist for the Las Vegas Sun and publisher of the Ralston Report. "In so obviously downplaying it, he's called even more attention to it."

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • President Obama • Rory Reid
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If Rory doesn't want to use his last name, that's on him. He shouldn't be ashamed of it. I'll be proud that my father is the leader of the Senate and helped pass healthcare reform for 30 + million Americans.

    July 9, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. JonDie

    Ralston "In so obviously downplaying it, he's called even more attention to it."

    What a stupid comment! Everyone in Nevada knows who the Reid's are, with or without last names.

    July 9, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    It's not Reid's name that's so toxic, it's what he himself stands for: wasting huge amounts of money the country doesn't have, and imposing socialised medicine on us. In short, it's being a Democrat that's poisonous.

    July 9, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. JP

    No one would want to be associated with a man puts unions bosses and trial lawyers before the American people. Harry is helping Obama destroy the country.

    July 9, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. 71556

    What I find dismaying here is another example of the increasing dynastic succession model for our political "leadership." Adams, Gore, Bush, Paul, Reid, and these are just the "top of the ticket." There are many others at lower levels who are increasingly making the family business public office. What is it that attracts these people? Perhaps the attention we wrongly give them or the potential for excessive income derived either from lax campaign finance laws of straightforward corruption. In any event, I find it an unhealthy state of affairs.

    July 9, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. gt

    sounds like john stewart not keeping his real name liebowitz... what is wrong with reid , oh ya everyone hates harry,,, and you want to be head of nevada,,, gutless....

    July 9, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. Jane

    Pretty sad when you own son will not use his surname. Harry and the name is toxic along with his kid.

    July 9, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. Chipster

    "...downplay his last name." ? Excuse me but isn't Harry Reid also running for office at this time? Perhaps it's just possible that Rory Reid wants to be sure that people know his name and the he is running for a different position? It's working too because he's had lots of attention about this that makes him stand out as a separate candidate. I really think the media goes a little para-paranoid about this sort of thing and read (not Reid) way too much into this.

    July 9, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Ben

    I think it's hilarious that the guy can't bring himself to put his own last name in his campaign ads. Even he knows how toxic his old man is right now. I can't wait to see the looks on both their faces when they get the crap kicked out of them in November.

    July 9, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Get A Grip

    Classic, just classic. This guy doesn't want to use his last name of 'Reid'. Can't say I blame the guy.

    July 9, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. phoenix86

    I hope so. Reid is toxic to America.

    July 9, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |