Tuesday, 17 October 2006

Harry Reid Cont.

Ken Berwitz

I apologize for leaving this out of my last post.

It seems that Harry "the corpse" Reid is not just finagling seven-figure real estate scam...er, deals, he is also illegally using political contributions to pay Christmas bonuses.  Here is the relevant excerpt from today's AP story on this paragon of Democratic rectumtude:

Top Senate Democrat Used Campaign Funds for Christmas Gifts
Support Staff at Senator Reid's Ritz-Carlton Apartment Was Paid Illegally

By JOHN SOLOMON - Associated Press
October 17, 2006

WASHINGTON Senator Reid, the Democrat leader, has been using campaign donations instead of his personal money to pay Christmas bonuses for the support staff at the Ritz-Carlton where he lives in an upscale condominium.

Federal election law bars candidates from converting political donations for personal use.

Questioned about the campaign expenditures by the Associated Press, Mr. Reid's office said yesterday he was personally reimbursing his campaign for $3,300 in donations he had directed to the staff holiday fund at his residence.

What a guy.  He's personally reimbursing his campaign for the money that he personally should have paid in the first place.  Diogenes can call off the search, we've found an honest man!!

Incidentally, did you happen to notice WHERE Senator Reid lives?  The Ritz Carlton.  Yep, another working class hero of the Democratic party who knows very well how the average joe deals with everyday life (wink wink).

At what point does Reid make you sick to your stomach?  And at what point do you wonder why this isn't lead-story material in the news?  If it were, say, Karl Rove or George Allen or Rick Santorum do you think it would be glossed over as it is with Reid?  Me neither.


The Today No-Show

Ken Berwitz

Harry "the corpse" Reid*** is busy amending one shady real estate deal after another.  He is up to three now - one of which netted him a cool $1,100,000 and which, I suspect, didn't do a bit of financial damage to his son Rory who is on a zoning board relevant to Reid's dealings.

That's news, right?  That's BIG news, right?  If Democrats should happen to win the senate, Reid becomes the majority leader, the Big Kahuna.

So the Today show had Reid's malodorous wheeling and dealing as one of its lead stories.  And then they did a feature on it so viewers could have a fuller understanding of his real estate fun and games. Then they had a segment with politicos from both parties who debated what should be done with Reid and how it might affect the midterm elections.  Right?  Right?  Er, RIGHT?

Well, no.  Wrong.

They just did the news story and the feature, without any subsequent debate between a Democrat and Republican?  Nope.

They didn't do the feature either, they just reported it as straight news?  Uhhhhh, keep trying

They DIDN'T report it at all, not one word?   Bingo!!!! Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, on to the lightning round!!!!!!

To review;  the minority leader of the senate, who may become the majority leader in just two and a half months, is furiously revising the filings on not one, not two, but THREE real estate scams...er, deals...one of which we already know made him a millionaire.  And to Matt Lauer, Meredith Viera and the rest of their merry myopics, this isn't a news story.  Thus every person who watches the Today show, at least in part to get the news of the day, is ignorant of a) what Reid is doing and b) what it might mean to the country.

Then they wonder why people call them biased??!!  Arrrrggghhhhhhh

***The reason I call Reid "Harry the corpse" is in our book, The Hopelessly Partisan Guide To American Politics.  I am shamelessly withholding this information so that it might spur you to buy a copy.

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