July 16th, 2010
08:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Political plea in obit: 'In lieu of flowers, vote for another more worthy candidate'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/16/art.reid.0709p.gi.jpg caption ="Charlotte McCourt once worked for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to her sister."](CNN) - The family-written obituary for Charlotte McCourt outlined her birth in Utah, her 40 year residency in Nevada, her five children, 20 grandchildren and 65 great-grandchildren and her blissful 67-year marriage to her husband; before moving on to her absolute disdain for the work of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

According to Sherry d'Hulst, who co-authored the obit with her sister, the 84-year-old was politically active and at one point helped Reid get elected.

"Mom was a campaign manager from what I understand," d'Hulst told CNN. "She was an organizer, she worked grassroot campaigns for several political figures in Nevada."

McCourt, a lifelong Democrat, became frustrated with the direction of the party "a few years ago," according to d'Hulst.

"Let the record show Charlotte was displeased with his work," the obit concluded. "Please, in lieu of flowers, vote for another more worthy candidate."

The obituary was published Tuesday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal and a follow-up piece was published Thursday.

Reid campaign spokesman Jon Summers told CNN, "Sen. Reid's thoughts are with the family during this difficult time."

Reid, a four-term senator, is locked in a tight battle for re-election against Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle.

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