Battered and bruised physically as well as politically, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, 75, is still planning to run for re-election next year, even as Republicans target him as the "most vulnerable" senator "right now."
Despite serious injuries from an exercise accident, Reid is working with allies to launch a fundraising blitz with a big campaign event this month and three in February, Politico
The Nevada Democrat told Las Vegas radio station KNPR
that he is planning to run for a sixth term in 2016 and is confident he can lead the Democrats' Senate minority through the next two years.
"I’ve been elected [by Senate Democrats] to run the Senate for two years, and I am in the process of getting set up for the next go-around," Reid said, referring to his leadership of the new Democratic minority.
Asked if the accident — which damaged his right eye, broke four ribs and fractured bones in his face — would cause him to drop out of the next campaign, he answered emphatically, "No."
Reid lost nine Democrats in the Nov. 4 election that saw Republicans gain a solid 54 votes in the 100-member Senate. Two independents typically vote with the Democrats.
Nevertheless, his campaign supporters have found that the loss hardly affected Reid’s legendary ability to raise campaign cash. Costs to attend the events in January and February include hosting levels of $5,200 per person and $5,000 for political action committees.
"Sen. Reid is not wasting any time preparing for what could be the most expensive Senate race in history," Chris Anderson, a spokesman with the Friends for Harry campaign committee, told Politico.
In 2010, Reid raised $25 million to defeat Republican Sharron Angle.
Meanwhile, Republicans are targeting Reid.
Kevin McLaughlin, the new deputy executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called Reid the "face of dysfunction in Washington," a reference to Reid's blocking more than 300 bills passed by the Republican-controlled House when he was Senate majority leader.
"He is his own worst enemy," McLaughlin told The National Journal
. "He's the most vulnerable senator in the United States of America right now."
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