‘Fire Harry Reid’ Becomes GOP Rallying Cry Heading Into 2014 Elections

Hoping to galvanize their base further, Republicans are casting the midterm elections as a golden opportunity to fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who has served as lead blocker for President Obama’s liberal agenda on Capitol Hill and chief opponent of GOP legislation.

The attacks are being espoused inside and outside the Capital Beltway and could become staples of the Republican message as the party looks to pick up the six seats needed to take the Senate gavel out of Mr. Reid’s hands.

On Wednesday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus described Mr. Reid as “dirty” and “unethical.”

The RNC circulated a memo that played up a Federal Election Commission inquiry into campaign cash that Mr. Reid reimbursed after using the money to purchase gifts for his granddaughter.

Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist, said Mr. Reid, a former boxer and ex-chairman of the powerful Nevada Gaming Commission, likely relishes being “best bodyguard that president Obama has.” He said Republicans are targeting the Nevada Democrat in hopes of sustaining the momentum they have built in recent months attacking Mr. Obama and his signature legislative achievement, theAffordable Care Act.

“You need another quiver in the arrow to keep the grass roots energized. Not to mention, it is one heck of a fundraiser,” Mr. O’Connell said. “Reid has been a check on the Republican House while simultaneously pushing President Obama’s agenda.”

Read more from Seth McLaughlin at The Washington Times

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