GOP Rallies at Capitol to 'Fire Reid'
July 29th, 2014
02:46 PM ET
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GOP Rallies at Capitol to 'Fire Reid'

Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Tuesday joined half dozen House Republican lawmakers at a rally outside the Senate steps to call on the American people to "fire" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) by winning control of the Senate in 2014.

Speaking to a crowd of around 100 GOP staffers and supporters (and a handful of curious tourists), Priebus said, "For too long now, Sen. Reid has run the Senate with an iron fist, blocking legislation that would help working families."

The crowd waived glossy "Stop Obama, Fire Reid" signs and handmade ones listing the bill numbers of House-passed legislation that Republicans say is being held up in the Upper Chamber by the Nevada Democrat and Senate leader.

Following Priebus, a succession of Republican lawmakers echoed the refrain 'Fire Reid' detailing their individuals bills stuck in the Senate after passing the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, including efforts to expedite the Keystone Pipeline, reform the tax code, and scale back regulations on coal and ply ash.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, who helped coordinate the rally, said "Poor Harry's not doing his job…The American people are going to see to it he's fired come November."

Others in attendance included Bill Johnson (R-OH), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Doug Collins (R-GA), David McKinley (R-WV), and Steve Daines (R-MT), who is running for Senate against Democratic incumbent John Walsh.

Democratic National Committee press secretary Michael Czin noted what wasn't said at the rally, "We didn't hear the host of issues the American people want action on…including immigration reform, equal pay for women, and raising the minimum wage."

Democrats have controlled the Senate since 2007. They currently have a 55-45 majority in the chamber (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party). But in the midterms, the party is defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    The republican answer to the million man march. Prince Reebus is a hoot.

    July 29, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Bill

    Impeach, sue, fire. Not much of a strategy GOP'ers. Keep it up – it plays right into the democrats' hands.

    July 29, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Poor Marsha Blackburn is not doing her job. 99 days of work a year makes her a welfare abuser.

    July 29, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What a spectacle.
    Couldn't she wait and join the rest of the Teatards when they come to infest, er, protest in D.C.?

    July 29, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Longtimer

    Maybe its me. But it would seem that the political party that has held up ambassador appointments to almost 45 nations; held up 125 judicial appointments; filibustered 525 bills (including at least two of their own); failed to approve the appointment of agency heads to; shut down the government at a cost of $billions really doesn't seem to have any grounds to complain about the behavior or the actions of the leader of the U.S Senate.
    The GOP has been destructive, deceitful, obstructionist- and yes, anti-American.

    July 29, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. O'drama ya Mama

    So these Republicans are out NOT doing their jobs while they blame Harry Reid for not doing his job. The typical Republican response would sound something like "we are doing our job by stopping Harry Reid" and the response to that would be "then Harry is doing HIS job by stopping you". And around we go!

    July 29, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    Life in Never Never Land.

    July 29, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    Remove the plank in your own eye before you try to remove the splinter in your neighbor's eye.

    July 29, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. rs

    The GOP love theatre- it's so much easier and fun than real-live work.

    July 29, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. rs

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What a spectacle.
    Couldn't she wait and join the rest of the Teatards when they come to infest, er, protest in D.C.?

    July 29, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC

    "I feel your pain my sister. They do the same thing when it comes to us. For some reason some of them really believe we're stupid or not as intelligent as they are. Even the PWT's. Go figure. I guess that's why, despite the dysfunctional obstructionists in Congress that President Obama is still getting things done. Not nearly as much as he would with help, but he's still doing it."
    Some folks are here simply to raise other folks' blood pressure
    Best way to keep your blood pressure down is NOT to let things or people that mean nothing in your life get under your skin and to not keep things that truly annoy you bottled up inside.
    I'm healthier than a horse!!

    July 29, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...Well that and a healthy diet low in sodium.

    July 29, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Government is not the problem, republicans are the problem.

    July 29, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    sonny chapman

    Life in Never Never Land.
    Not according to RealClearPolitic or Nate Silver. Both have the Senate flipping and both have been dead on in the past several elections.

    July 29, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Smitty

    Reid like Pelosi needs to be dismissed, getting Cantor out was a good start.

    July 29, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Now, why wouldn't this gaggle of [R] nitwits deign to give equal treatment to Boehner who has blocked more than his share of legislation in the House? Do they understand the concept of HYPOCRISY?

    Come to think of it, why should they worry about appearing hypocritical, when it is the [R] voters who are the ones that have no understanding of HYPOCRISY.

    When you go to a picture dictionary and look up the word "morans"(pl), it is the above photograph that you will see.

    July 29, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Tom

    Wow, huge crowd for this one. Take away the staffers and tourists and you pretty much have a Republican selfie. Apparently even the loyal conservative wackos are getting tired of these stunts.

    July 29, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Gurgyl

    --very pathetic idiots, hardly you see any of these republican trash, rally. Eight people and that white shirt guy is onlooker. Nonsense thugs. USA if you have and shame, remove all these republican trash–nation with these animals pulled backwards. God bless!!!

    July 29, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. g

    @tom–a republican selfie ,iam still laughing

    July 29, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. PaulCat

    The GOPers work sooooo hard.
    Isn't it time for your five (5) week vacation.
    But before you leave try passing a jobs bill.
    Let's have a vote on that !!!
    You were all about Jobs, Jobs & Jobs doing the last election?
    What happen????

    July 29, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. it must be said

    Harry Reid stated "The border is secure." He should be thrown out for that alone. The guy is totally senile.

    July 29, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Smitty

    The real party of no is Harry Reid, look up how many bills he hasn't brought up for a vote

    July 29, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Boomer in Mo

    We need to fire all of Congress

    July 29, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |

    The dictatorship (democrat) party needs to GO!!!

    July 29, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Ian's Rushtache

    Smitty says:
    July 29, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm
    The real party of no is Harry Reid, look up how many bills he hasn’t brought up for a vote

    If that's the measurement you are using then you have to be equally or more upset with Boehner. But you're not, are you.

    July 29, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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