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Biden Silent on Reid Stepping Down
Red State ^ | Jan 29th, 2006 | Nick Danger

Posted on 01/29/2006 2:28:02 PM PST by george76

Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) failed today to address rumors that Nevada Senator Harry Reid will step down next month as Senate Minority Leader.

Reid has been stung by revelations that his political action committee (PAC) accepted more than $60,000 in contributions from Indian tribes linked to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Appearing on CNN's Late Edition, Biden avoided discussing either the Reid situation or any upcoming changes in Senate Democratic leadership.

Reid is no stranger to scandal, having been the subject of a 1979 Justice Department probe into allegations that Reid — then Nevada Gaming Commission chairman — had received bribes through mob lawyer Oscar Goodman and Tropicana attorney Jay H. Brown.

The probe officially cleared Reid, but he subsequently received numerous contributions from gambling industry figures, including Brown.

Some Democrats are worried that Reid's continued presence in the Senate leadership undermines Democratic hopes of scoring significant gains this November.

"Reid is going around the country talking about a 'Republican scandal' — about Republicans accepting one- and two-thousand dollar contributions from Jack Abramoff, when his own PAC took in $60,000," ...

Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, appearing on Fox News Sunday, made no announcements concerning Reid's status, but did comment on the growing controversy.

Moderator Chris Wallace asked Dean, "if we find that there were some Democrats who wrote letters on behalf of some of the Indian tribes that Abramoff represented, then what do you say, sir?"

Without mentioning Reid by name, Dean replied, "That's a big problem. And those Democrats are in trouble. And they should be in trouble."

(Excerpt) Read more at redstate.com ...


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1 posted on 01/29/2006 2:28:08 PM PST by george76
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Reid is no stranger to scandal, having been the subject of a 1979 Justice Department probe into allegations that Reid — then Nevada Gaming Commission chairman — had received bribes through mob lawyer Oscar Goodman and Tropicana attorney Jay H. Brown.

Was he found with a dead prostitute?

2 posted on 01/29/2006 2:30:58 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: george76

Sounds like they're no longer wild about Harry.


3 posted on 01/29/2006 2:31:14 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: george76

So who would replace him?


4 posted on 01/29/2006 2:32:07 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: george76

This appears to be about the only subject hairplugs is silent about...........


5 posted on 01/29/2006 2:32:52 PM PST by Gabz
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To: Jeff Chandler

Well, only because all the others turned him down.


6 posted on 01/29/2006 2:33:29 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: mainepatsfan

If Reid were to step down, the Republican Governor would replace him with an R.


7 posted on 01/29/2006 2:33:59 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

I guess Howard Dean will now acuse Reid of being a Republican plant.


8 posted on 01/29/2006 2:34:08 PM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Learn from the past, don't live in it.)
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To: george76
"That's a big problem. And those Democrats are in trouble. And they should be in trouble."

That's a flip-flop for Dean. A couple of weeks ago he claimed that the Abramoff scandal did not touch Democrats. Can't these guys ever get one story and stick to it?

9 posted on 01/29/2006 2:34:13 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: george76
If Reid were to step down, the Republican Governor would replace him with an R.

No, he is only going to step down as minority leader, not relinquish his senate seat.
11 posted on 01/29/2006 2:35:40 PM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Learn from the past, don't live in it.)
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To: Gabz

How did I miss this? When was this reported?


12 posted on 01/29/2006 2:35:52 PM PST by Howlin (Why don't you just report the news, instead of what might be the news? - Donald Rumsfeld 1/25/2006)
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To: Jeff Chandler
mob lawyer Oscar Goodman

Is this the same Oscar Goodman who's mayor of Vegas?

BTW - you were great as Cochise in "Broken Arrow" ;-)

13 posted on 01/29/2006 2:35:54 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Jeff Chandler

A live boy?


14 posted on 01/29/2006 2:36:01 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: george76

Welllllllllllllllllllllllllllll now.
Ole harrie boy folding his hand? But I thought he said he was clean.


15 posted on 01/29/2006 2:36:05 PM PST by jmaroneps37 (We will never murtha to the terrorists. Bring home the troops means bring home the war.)
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To: george76

Yeah but I think he might step down as minority leader not resign his seat.


16 posted on 01/29/2006 2:36:28 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Emmett McCarthy

Right-over-the-head GodfatherII reference.


17 posted on 01/29/2006 2:36:42 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: mainepatsfan

Durbin or Schumer. Byron Dorgan has expressed interest in the position, but i would expect him to be indicted before Harry Reid.


18 posted on 01/29/2006 2:36:43 PM PST by Patriot814
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To: george76
""Reid is going around the country talking about a 'Republican scandal' — about Republicans accepting one- and two-thousand dollar contributions from Jack Abramoff, when his own PAC took in $60,000," ..."

Culture of corruption for sure.

19 posted on 01/29/2006 2:36:57 PM PST by blam
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To: HEY4QDEMS

We can hope that he gives everything up.


20 posted on 01/29/2006 2:37:21 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Patriot814

Oh I'd really like to either one of those two leading the Senate Dems.


21 posted on 01/29/2006 2:37:39 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: SolidSupplySide
A couple of weeks ago he claimed that the Abramoff scandal did not touch Democrats

I think his exact words were "not one dime" which technically is true. snicker!
22 posted on 01/29/2006 2:37:41 PM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Learn from the past, don't live in it.)
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To: george76
Reid is no stranger to scandal, having been the subject of a 1979 Justice Department probe into allegations that Reid — then Nevada Gaming Commission chairman — had received bribes through mob lawyer Oscar Goodman and Tropicana attorney Jay H. Brown.

Dems on the take? What's next, dems voting the dead in Chicago? How can this be? How can this be? </sarcasm>

23 posted on 01/29/2006 2:37:42 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: george76
I would hate to see Reid step down as minority leader. I think he's helping the Repubs through his hypocrisy.
24 posted on 01/29/2006 2:38:33 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: mainepatsfan

Hillary. She who controls the pursestrings controls the vote.


25 posted on 01/29/2006 2:39:19 PM PST by REDWOOD99
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To: george76
The probe officially cleared Reid, but he subsequently received numerous contributions from gambling industry figures, including Brown.

Am I the only one who would be surprised if a Nevada senator HADN'T received contributions from the gambling industry?

26 posted on 01/29/2006 2:39:34 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Look, Daddy! Teacher says every time a Kennedy talks, a Republican gets a house seat!)
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To: Howlin
How did I miss this? When was this reported?

First I've heard or read about it, too. You'd think this would have been a Breaking News headliner on FR.
27 posted on 01/29/2006 2:39:47 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: george76

He would step down as leader, not senator.


28 posted on 01/29/2006 2:40:12 PM PST by REDWOOD99
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To: george76
...rumors that Nevada Senator Harry Reid will step down next month as Senate Minority Leader. Reid has been stung by revelations that his political action committee (PAC) accepted more than $60,000 in contributions from Indian tribes linked to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Well, well, well. Looks like the lefties might have got a little blowback.
29 posted on 01/29/2006 2:41:00 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: REDWOOD99

Not a bad move either as a setup for a Presidential run. Not that she really needs it.


30 posted on 01/29/2006 2:41:23 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: george76

Please tell me wisconsin gubner doyle is mixed up in this thig!

Callin all feds, calling all feds. Please investigate doyle!!!


31 posted on 01/29/2006 2:41:41 PM PST by damncat (baby, it's cold out there!!!)
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To: Inspectorette

Yes...Quote...

Speculation about the mayor's political ambitions has run rampant in recent months. Goodman has dodged questions about a potential Senate bid ...

If Goodman got into the race, he could wind up in a primary battle with Jack Carter, the son of former President Jimmy Carter, who already has launched a Web site soliciting donations and support ...

http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2006/jan/03/010310016.html


32 posted on 01/29/2006 2:42:00 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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Re: ...rumors that Nevada Senator Harry Reid will step down next month as Senate Minority Leader.

Just wait until Howie Dean hears this!

33 posted on 01/29/2006 2:42:04 PM PST by Bender2 (Stop doodling around... Read the first three chapters of my Science Fiction novel.)
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To: Howlin

It was news to me as well :)


34 posted on 01/29/2006 2:42:17 PM PST by Gabz
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To: Jeff Chandler

No, I got the reference


35 posted on 01/29/2006 2:42:21 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: george76

Since when do Democrats step down just because of some bothersome scandal? Did Bill Clinton step down? Did Gary Condit step down? Reid isn't giving up his post. He isn't going anywhere.


36 posted on 01/29/2006 2:42:47 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: george76
The opening gambit on Reid was set up masterfully by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday this morning.

He maneuvered Dean into literally pulling the rug out from under Harry Reid. It was brilliant.

37 posted on 01/29/2006 2:42:58 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: george76
Nick Sanger wrote: Reid is no stranger to scandal, having been the subject of a 1979 Justice Department probe into allegations that Reid — then Nevada Gaming Commission chairman — had received bribes through mob lawyer Oscar Goodman and Tropicana attorney Jay H. Brown.

There was a story a while ago about Reid funneling substantial amounts money to members of his family.

There was a story about it in the LA Times or a Las Vegas paper which got some play among conservative commentators but which was largely ignored by the MSM>

38 posted on 01/29/2006 2:43:41 PM PST by quidnunc (Omnis Gaul delenda est)
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To: mainepatsfan

I'm convinced that Hillary will not run. She can't win and a loss would be devastating to her ability to raise money. As long as she remains the top fund-raiser, she will be the power of the party. She won't announce that she's not running until the last minute. She'll be raising money like a madwoman until then.


39 posted on 01/29/2006 2:44:08 PM PST by REDWOOD99
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To: Pukin Dog
Dean's defense of Dems who took money from Abramoff was pathetic. I wonder if they even focus group tested it?
40 posted on 01/29/2006 2:45:25 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

He seems likely to at least resign his minority leadership, but he has been in legal trouble in the past and may be headed for more legal trouble that could cost him his senate seat.

He apparently dodged jail time at least once before.


41 posted on 01/29/2006 2:45:38 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: REDWOOD99

I'll believe it when I see it. I agree she won't run if she's convinced she can't win.


42 posted on 01/29/2006 2:46:04 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: george76

I think they are saying step down as minority leader not quit the Senate.


43 posted on 01/29/2006 2:46:38 PM PST by Eagles Talon IV
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To: george76
The Dems are trying to paint this as strictly a GOP scandal but when their own senate leader is involved that makes their task a wee bit difficult.
44 posted on 01/29/2006 2:47:12 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: george76
He who is without sin can cast the first stone: Looks like there are no Democrats pure enough to stone the Republicans after all.
45 posted on 01/29/2006 2:47:20 PM PST by fish hawk (creatio ex nihilo)
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To: george76
"Reid is no stranger to scandal, having been the subject of a 1979 Justice Department probe into allegations that Reid — then Nevada Gaming Commission chairman — had received bribes through mob lawyer Oscar Goodman and Tropicana attorney Jay H. Brown."

And from January 3, 2006:

"January 03, 2006 Reid: Las Vegas mayor discusses Senate bid By BRENDAN RILEY ASSOCIATED PRESS CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The U.S. Senate's Democratic leader confirmed Tuesday that Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has discussed with him the possibility of challenging Republican Sen. John Ensign this election year. "

LV Sun Article Link

Now that is a Culture of Corruption!! The Dems fall for another Rove trap.

46 posted on 01/29/2006 2:47:28 PM PST by frankjr
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To: mainepatsfan
So who would replace him?

Probably either Hillary, Kennedy or Kerry.

47 posted on 01/29/2006 2:48:10 PM PST by Paul C. Jesup
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— had received bribes through mob lawyer Oscar Goodman and Tropicana attorney Jay H. Brown.

The bag man was Col. Steve Austin. Reid is known as the $60,000 Man.

48 posted on 01/29/2006 2:48:11 PM PST by LexBaird ("I'm not questioning your patriotism, I'm answering your treason."--JennysCool)
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To: george76

Those Dems are going through Senate Leaders faster than Ted Kennedy goes through a case of whiskey. First Puff Daschle loses his seat, now this...


49 posted on 01/29/2006 2:48:25 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Paul C. Jesup

Don't get my hopes up.


50 posted on 01/29/2006 2:49:23 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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