From the A.P.:

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, who has criticized Republican ethics, accepted free ringside tickets to three professional boxing matches from Nevada officials who were trying to influence his federal legislation regulating the sport.

Reid, D-Nev., took the free seats for Las Vegas fights between 2003 and 2005 from the Nevada Athletic Commission as he pressed legislation to increase federal oversight of boxing, including the creation of a government commission.

Reid said he was simply trying learn how the proposed legislation could effect a major home-state industry. I wonder if Harry took the same hands-on approach when it was proposed that the Mustang Ranch be shut down. Heavy, direct research is the cornerstone to being a good politician.

I think everybody’s making too big a deal out of this. Come on, it’s a politician dealing with a professional sports lobby in Nevada — what could possibly go wrong?

Will anything come of this? No. Harry will dance his way out of this particular corner with a little doublespeak and probably no need for a cut-man.

Harry Reid’s bio on his Senate website is typical of antonymous political blabber. For example, Reid’s biography says the following: “It isn’t unusual for him to be the first Senator of either party to arrive at the Capitol in the morning and the last to go home at night.”

After we learn that he spends countless hours in the office, Reid’s bio then says that “his family is his first priority”.

Somehow, in between those two opposing statements, Reid still finds a way to get free row 1 tickets to boxing matches. Wow, that’s a “Super Senator” if I ever saw one.


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