Harry Reid is Still Democrats’ Leader, According to Harry Reid

By NTK Staff | 10.16.2017 @10:45am
Harry Reid is Still Democrats’ Leader, According to Harry Reid

Harry Reid sat down with a local Nevada outlet, but when the conversation turned national, Reid revealed just how much influence he still has.

Harry Reid may be retired, but the master manipulator is still exerting a major influence over Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterms.

Reid talked about his influence in an interview with The Nevada Independent, an online news outlet. Though much of the conversation focused on issues unique to Nevada, reporter Riley Snyder eventually turned the discussion national.

Snyder asked Reid if there is a path to a senate majority for Democrats in 2018. Reid answered in the affirmative:

Sure. We’re two short in the Senate, and I think it’s very probable that we’ll be able to retake the Senate. And I have felt much better about the House in recent weeks. There’s no question in my mind that this election coming up in 2018 is going to be a change election. The House is right now; it’s hard for Ryan to put together a 218 (member majority).

Setting aside the irony of 77-year-old Harry Reid talking about “change” elections, Democrats would need to win every competitive seat, flip Nevada and Arizona, and flip a solid-red state like Texas, Alabama, or Tennessee in order to hold 51 seats in the Senate in 2019.

Reid then revealed he was in Washington, D.C. for 10 days recently to talk to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Finally, he was asked about his own state’s Senate race, and his hand-picked candidate Jacky Rosen. While Rosen doesn’t want to talk about the fact that Reid steered her to a run for Senate – after just months in the House – Reid was less shy (emphasis ours):

No, I’m not going to talk about Senator Heller. I am, as everyone knows, a huge backer of Jacky Rosen. I helped her come out of the private sector into the public sector. She’s been stunningly good.

Though some Democrats may resist Reid’s continued influence, it looks like the ex-minority leader is here to stay.

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