In Nevada, a Reid Family Feud?

In Nevada, Democrats are trying to sort out the political implications of having two Reids on the ballot. It's messy, as the Las Vegas ...
by | September 8, 2009

In Nevada, Democrats are trying to sort out the political implications of having two Reids on the ballot. It's messy, as the Las Vegas Sun reports:

According to sources close to Sen. Harry Reid's campaign, the gubernatorial ambitions of son Rory Reid, the Clark County Commission chairman, have emerged as a point of considerable hand wringing among advisers who view it as an obstacle to the U.S. Senate majority leader's reelection.

Expecting Sen. Reid to face a tight reelection race, his advisers see Rory Reid's presence on the 2010 ballot, in the cold calculus of political campaigns, as one in a series of preelection risks. It's a view that some are spreading throughout Nevada political circles.

(Hat tip: Political Wire)

I've wondered whether Harry Reid's unpopularity would hurt Rory Reid's gubernatorial ambitions. But, it hadn't occurred to me that Rory could actually hurt Harry.

Is also hadn't occurred to me that perhaps the Reids are about to try for something very unusual. When was the last time (or any other time) that a father and son were both elected to statewide office in the same state in the same year?

Josh Goodman
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