Nevada state Sen. Dean Rhoads is the latest prominent Republican in his state to endorse Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
over Republican nominee Sharron Angle. Rhoads said he had already voted for Reid and urged other Nevadans to do the same.
In a letter published Friday in the Elko Daily Free Press, Rhoads said he disagreed with Reid on the new health care law and the estate tax. But he said rural Nevada needs Reid in the Senate to protect grazing and mining laws.
"While many Democrats would like to end grazing on public lands and slap a huge royalty on hard rock mining, Harry Reid is not one of them. As Majority Leader of the United States Senate he puts an end to proposals like these before they ever catch flight," Rhoads said.
Rhoads also gave another, edgier reason. If Reid loses and Democrats remain in charge of the Senate, he said, "the next Senate leader will be Chuck Schumer, a vicious liberal from New York City
(Google cache link). You may not like everything Harry Reid stands for, but I can guarantee you that Chuck Schumer cannot find Elko or Ely on a map. And as an East Coast liberal he has no reason to care about grazing, our public lands or the mining industry."
Actually, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin may also be in the running for majority leader, and of course Reid could win, but that's getting ahead of ourselves.
A number of leading Nevada Republicans are signing on publicly with Reid
, saying they are concerned about losing his influence in Washington, and about Angle's positions on education, jobs and other issues that they say would be damaging to the state. The GOP endorsers
include former Nevada first ladies Dema Guinn and Dawn Gibbons, state Senate Minority Leader Bill Raggio and leaders of the state's business community. One of them, Republican Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts, is featured prominently in a new Reid campaign ad
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