Nevada: Immigration Foes Join GOP Assault on Reid

Posted February 25, 2009 at 6:26pm

It appears that conservative interest groups are following the lead of national Republicans by attacking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) early and often this cycle.

Already the target of television ads by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Reid is now taking fire back home from the Federation for American Immigration Reform for “failing to represent the interests” of Nevada voters when it comes to immigration policy, according to the group’s literature.

FAIR, which has attacked Reid’s immigration policy views in the Las Vegas Review Journal this week and pushed polling numbers showing Nevadans at odds with Reid’s recent immigration stances, planned a rally outside Reid’s Vegas office on Wednesday afternoon.

Reid is a high-profile target whom Republicans would love to take down this cycle, and they see opportunity in some recent polling in the Silver State. But Reid was also sitting on $3.3 million in his campaign account as of Dec. 31, with more than $800,000 raised in the last three months of 2008. The Republican most often mentioned as a challenger, former Rep. Jon Porter, had just $26,000 in cash on hand after losing his re-election bid last November to now-Rep. Dina Titus (D).