Nevada Group Won't Let Reid Duck Votes, Sends Rubber Duckies

Friday, 01 Oct 2010 10:15 AM

By Mike Tighe

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Hell hath no fury like a Republican scorned, to morph a time-honored, and sexist, phrase. But maybe in this case, the saying might evolve even more, to: “Hell hath no fun like a Republican scorned.” That could be one explanation for Danny Tarkanian’s fun fundraising plot to flood Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s digs at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington with rubber duckies.

Harry Reid, Tarkanian, Nevada, Senator, Sharron AngleTarkanian, who lost to Sharron Angle in June the GOP primary to take on the Nevada Democrat, has turned his frustrations not on she who vanquished him, but on her opponent, Reid. The businessman formed a political committee in August to generate a website and run radio and TV ads dissecting Reid's voting record.

Tarkanian’s Las Vegas-based group, Harry Reid Votes, is intended to convey the message that Reid makes poor voting decisions.

"The votes that he has been making haven't been a big focus of the race," Tarkanian said in August. "We feel the majority of Nevadans will feel they were not good votes."

Hispanic Nevadans, in particular, also didn’t like this quip from their senator in August: “I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican."

Tarkanian’s group is nurturing its angst with Reid at the group’s website, where the slogan 1,001 Reasons to Vote Against Harry Reid mirrors the subgroup Tarkanian shares.

Harry Reid, duck, Tarkanian, Nevada, SenateWhich brings us to the rubber duckies: For a $30 donation, Tarkanian’s group will send a rubber duckie to Reid, with a personalized message, if you like, trying to persuade the majority leader not to convene a lame-duck session after the midterm elections.

“Let Harry know it's time to go back to Searchlight,” the tough Nevada mining town where Reid grew up, the site urges.

Brace yourself: If the idea quacks you up, of course, the site invites you to send a whole raft of ducks.

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