November 2nd, 2010
12:30 PM ET
8 years ago

Tea Party Express to target Reid again

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - A Tea Party group that's been targeting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for over a year is now going after him once again.

Tea Party Express, which has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of Sharron Angle, Reid's Republican challenger, and which has targeted the Senate's top Democrat in three of their four well publicized cross-country bus tours, now says they'll hold a watch party in the same Las Vegas casino where Reid is setting up shop for his election night headquarters.

Tea Party Express tells CNN that they'll hold their watch party at the Aria Resort and Casino.

"Reid is at the Aria, and Tea Party Express decided to go straight into the belly of the beast, just like we did when we kicked off the last tour in Searchlight, a mile or so from Harry Reid's house," Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell tells CNN. "We'll hold our Victory Watch party and war-room at the Aria, where we'll watch nationwide election results come from the many races we have been working in over the past year and a half."

The Sacramento, California based national organization is one of the best well known Tea Party groups, thanks to its four bus tours, and in part due to its heavy involvement backing conservative candidates in the Republican primary process. The group's current cross country bus tour is scheduled to end Monday in New Hampshire, and group leaders are planning on flying back to Nevada for Tuesday's midterms. And they say they are parking one of their buses outside the casino.

Thanks to the help and support of the Tea Party Express, Angle, once a little know former state lawmaker, went from being a long-shot to winning June's Republican Senate nomination over a crowded field of candidates.

Angle is setting up her election night headquarters at the Venetian hotel and casino. Tea Party Express says they'll have a suite at the Venetian as well, and hope to join Angle for what they say will be a victory celebration late in the evening.

Russell says that he hopes Reid's "defeat on Tuesday will be a tremendous victory for the conservative movement."

"Sen. Reid is proud to enjoy the support of the many Nevadans who will actually decide this election, including most prominent Republicans in this state," Reid campaign communciations director Kelly Steele tells CNN. "Our campaign will continue to contrast Sen. Reid's record of delivering for Nevada in these tough economic times with Sharron Angle's extreme and dangerous agenda."

The most recent polls of likely Nevada voters indicate the Senate contest is neck and neck.

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Tea Party Express
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. ken

    A TEA candidate who won't or can't do interviews may be heading for the Senate, scary!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Haren

    Looks like we are going back to uncivilized world.
    May be that is what they are calling taking my country beck(ward)

    November 1, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. david bidlack

    two more years of make the president fail goverment is what we are seeming to want based on the polls. this is really about disrespect of the american voters who the republicans are sure that we made the wrong choice on in the election of 2008. stopping all bills from even coming to the floor of the senate to debait is not doing the peoples business. they say that democrats are nothing more than a rubber stamp vote. the republicans keep their rubber stamp finally tuned because it take every republican vote to stop goverment they all hang together like flies on ___ when they vote. their goal was the day after the 2008 election to make this president fail that goal has not changed one bit. the republicans think that they have all the answers and will walk on the heads of the voters who disagree to proove it. the bail out the banks idea came from a republican white house , the bail out the auto companies came from a republican white house so at the very least you could blame the right party for that. this president did health care and the stimulus. what part of he would do national health care did you hear during the election of 2008 . think about why this goverment has money problems. the two wars in the middle east have cost us $1.2 billion so far. one war was a lie the other war was to get the terrerist leader. he is still alive. just what have we gotten for the money we spent. nothing we are not any more safe! iraq is well on its way to becoming a dictatorship again and afganistan is always going to be tribal. the republicans went wild in spending during the bush years and now they say trust us we will do a better job this time. that sounds like the old "check is in the mail and i won't__________" the democrats are the only party that has balanced a federal budgit in the last 60 years John Kennedy did it and so did Bill Clinton. this is a fact not just alott of words. just think when you do vote not vote on things like the tea party is saying which is just a bunch of slogans with no details on how to fix the problems we have.

    November 1, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    You know what – I AM SICK OF THE NEGATIVE ADS IN NV and I don't even SEE them or LIVE there!! The ONLY ones I do get to see are the one on CNN, MSNBC and FOX sNOoz when they decide to give free Ad time during their broadcast!!!

    Nevadans must be SICK and TIRED of the Ads!!! My message is to the DEMOCRATS – Ignore the negative coming from the RIGHT – by now, you already know who you are voting for – JUST GET OUT THERE and VOTE!!!

    DEMOCRATS in AK – Vote for Scott McAdams – let's send the Pundits and the Pollsters into a TAILSPIN!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    November 1, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    The teabaggers don't like Harry Reid because he has the best interests of the average American at heart and he's dedicated his entire political career to helping his state and his country.

    The teabaggers are funded by corporate types like the Koch Brothers, who care about the top 1% of wage earners and have no qualms shipping jobs overseas, cutting social programs and lining the pockets of their cronies.

    Wake up, teabaggers! You are being used by a bunch of rich folks who are laughing at you!

    November 1, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. terry, va

    As long as Dirty Harry and Pelosi go, I don't care what happens in this election. Obummie is next in 2012. Oh, happy days...Oh, happy days!!!!

    November 1, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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