‘Fire Harry Reid’ becomes GOP rallying cry heading into 2014 elections

Leader’s ethics, politics drive criticism

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, has released a television that says a vote for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, is a “vote in favor of Harry Reid and Barack Obama’s anti-gun, anti-coal and anti-Kentucky agenda.”

Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House and front-runner for the Republican nomination for Senate, has cast Sen. Kay R. Hagan, a Democrat, as nothing more than a rubber stamp for Mr. Reid.

“A senator that votes 96 percent of the time with Harry Reid is not representative of North Carolina,” Mr. Tillis said. “She needs to be sent home.”

Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist and former aide to Mr. Reid, said he doesn’t think Republicans will get much mileage out of the attacks. He said his former boss is not as well-known as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Californian to whom Republicans linked vulnerable Democrats, with some success, in previous elections.

“Very few Americans know who Sen. Reid is and so if they are going to go after him, I don’t think it is going to work,” Mr. Manley said. “It sure seems to me that the RNC is being awful sensitive these days and Sen. Reid is getting under their skin if they are going out and criticizing him like that.”

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