Harry Reid doesn't like hookers. But the Senate majority leader's statement to the Nevada legislature urging that prostitution be made illegal in his home state went over like a lead balloon.
"I think the time has come for us to outlaw prostitution," Reid said Tuesday
in an address to a joint legislative session in Carson City. The response? Silence from the packed chamber.
Prostitution is against the law in Las Vegas and Reno, but most Nevada counties allow and regulate the world oldest profession.
The lifelong Nevadan, born in the little town of Searchlight, devoted three paragraphs to prostitution in a lengthy speech about tax relief, clean energy, the benefits of the stimulus bill, and other public policy issues.
Reid, a Mormon, told the lawmakers that parents don't want "their children to look out of a school bus and see a brothel, or to live in a state with the wrong kind of red lights. So let's have an adult conversation about an adult subject. Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment -- not as the last place where prostitution is still legal. When the nation thinks about Nevada, it should think about the world's newest ideas and newest careers -- not about its oldest profession."
Brothel owners and, yes, "working girls," were among those in the gallery listening to Reid's remarks, according to the Associated Press
Reid was reelected to a fifth Senate
term last November, defeating tea party-backed conservative Sharron Angle.
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