- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid renewed his crusade against the Koch brothers Thursday, and demanded that Republicans disavow the two men who have spent tens of millions of dollars to back conservative causes.

“Is even one of you — is even one of you — willing to stand up and disavow the Koch brothers’ agenda?” Mr. Reid demanded on the Senate floor as he opened Thursday’s session.

It’s the latest installment in what’s becoming a frequent attack by Mr. Reid on David and Charles Koch, two of the wealthiest men in America. Mr. Reid led off his weekly press availability Tuesday with an attack on the two brothers, and then followed with the latest barrage of criticism.

“I’m not afraid of the Koch brothers. None of us should be afraid of the Koch brothers,” he said.

Mr. Reid objects to anti-Obamacare ads being run by groups in the Koch organization, which Mr. Reid says are untrue. Fact-checkers have also poked holes in those ads.

But Mr. Reid has more than an academic interest in the matter. The ads are running in states where Democrats are in danger of losing Senate seats in November’s elections, and if Democrats lose six seats, Mr. Reid will lose his position as majority leader.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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