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Harry Reid Works to Ensure Dems Keep His Nevada Seat

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By    |   Thursday, 02 Apr 2015 01:37 PM

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., may be heading out, but he's far from down. Reid, who has announced his retirement at the end of this term, is busy playing kingmaker in both his home state and Washington, hoping to keep Nevada in the Democratic camp.

Reid has endorsed Catherine Cortez Masto, former state attorney general now serving as executive vice chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, as the party's best choice at retaining his seat, The New York Times notes, and would throw his powerful political machine's support behind her, should she decide to run.

"We are going to do everything we can," Reid, 75, told the Times. "I have to make sure I take care of the person running for Senate in Nevada."

"Whoever runs against Catherine, I think, will be a loser," noting her "great resume," Reid said in a radio interview, Politico reported.

"I hope she decides to run. If she does, I'm going to help her."

While other candidates are lined up to take on Masto if she runs, Reid, who said he has discussed the matter with Masto, commented: "Catherine Cortez Masto wants to run. She's a great candidate, and I think she would do extremely well. But it's a free country, and if people want to run against her, they should do that," Politico reported.

Reid weighed in on female candidates to the Times, stating: "Women have qualities that we've been lacking in America for a long time, to be the leader of the country.

"Women are much more patient. They can be, if they are pushed the wrong way, combative, but they are not combative. A lot of we men are combative just by nature."

Masto will have to be combative should Nevada's popular Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval yields to his party's pressures to enter the race for Reid's old seat. Sandoval beat Reid's son Rory in the 2010 governor race, but Reid seems to harbor no ill will toward him.

"He has done some courageous things. He has done a good job as governor," Reid told the Times.

On the national level, Reid also has waded into the spat between two of his anointed successors, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., as minority leader, and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Durbin says Schumer agreed to back him for minority whip if Durbin backed Schumer's bid for minority leader, but Schumer has denied that such a deal existed, Politico notes.

Waiting in the wings is Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who is said to have her eye on the whip spot, but would only say publicly, "I'm always open to whatever opportunity is there to make sure that I can be the strongest voice possible for the people of our state," the Boston Herald reported.

In an interview with CNBC, Reid said: "They should both just sit down, relax. I'm not going to vote for the next whip. They're just going to have to work that out on their own. At this time they should just sit down. It's a couple years away — just relax."
 
Of Schumer, Reid told the Times, "He can't lose."

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Harry Reid, who has announced his retirement at the end of this term, is busy playing kingmaker in both his home state and Washington, hoping to keep Nevada in the Democratic camp.
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