Submitted By Todd on September 28th at 4:09pm
His strategists say a television campaign is likely to start early next year as part of an effort to "reintroduce" Mr. Reid to Nevada's 2.6 million residents. "The strategy will be to remind people of his long accomplishments for Nevada," such as blocking the state's Yucca Mountain from being used to store nuclear waste, says Brandon Hall, Mr. Reid's campaign manager.Tweaking people's memories regarding just how much they love Harry is going to cost $25 mil? Those must be some very faded memories! Will he base his campaign on Hope or Change, I wonder? With that much money, I suppose he could afford to offer both.
Mr. Reid, 69 years old, is facing mounting criticism in his home state and is trailing in the polls against two Republican challengers for his Senate seat: former University of Nevada at Las Vegas basketball star Danny Tarkanian and Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden.Also a distraction is the Reid attempt to build a dynasty - his son Rory is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor.
Expecting Sen. Reid to face a tight reelection race, his advisers see Rory Reid’s presence on the 2010 ballot, in the cold calculus of political campaigns, as one in a series of preelection risks. It’s a view that some are spreading throughout Nevada political circles.Wow. Things are off to a lovely start with Dad's advisers sniping about how little Rory just might blow the whole thing for Dad.
Not surprisingly, the talk rankles Rory Reid’s camp, which sees the senator’s unpopularity as a potential drag on its candidate.It would be sad if Harry can't get a family dynasty going, but even sadder if he loses his seat because of the kid. After all, Harry hasn't even reached half the time of service that Ted Kennedy had in the Senate. Harry's got to last until he's 94, at least!
Political observers agree the son faces the greater danger. “The argument is: Like father, like son,” said Jennifer Duffy, a senior analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report in Washington. “Voters may project their feelings about Harry Reid onto Rory Reid, and with that comes those problematic polling numbers.”If Harry's going to compete with Teddy for longevity, he's got alot of spainin' to do.
"Reid is having to carry the water for the party's agenda, even when that is in conflict with the people of Nevada," says Robert Uithoven, a senior adviser to the 57-year-old Ms. Lowden, who is expected to enter the race after resigning as party chairwoman effective the end of this month.Even home in Nevada, Harry's got to manage the snipping.
But sources close to the senator’s campaign say the issue, as one meeting participant put it, is “gnawing” at the campaign. And advisers are befuddled over how to address it, for fear of angering Sen. Reid.One other problem - thusfar, Harry's only raised about half of that $25 million he's planning to spend.