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November 22, 2014

Reid Leaving Searchlight for Las Vegas

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Reid, seen here in 2005, wrote a book about his love of his hometown of Searchlight, Nev. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his wife, Landra, are leaving the Democrat’s boyhood town of Searchlight, Nev., and moving to the Las Vegas area to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

“Landra and I love Searchlight, the place of my birth, and the memories we have had there, but the time came to sell and do something different,” Reid announced Monday in a news release. “We want to be closer to our 16 grandchildren who live in Southern Nevada, and be able to spend time with them. This is why we will now purchase a residence in the Las Vegas area. Searchlight will always remain my home, my favorite spot in the world where I can look at the quiet desert for miles at end.”

Reid’s comments came after an Associated Press report detailing the sale of his home, 110 acres, water rights and several mining claims to gold mining company Nevada Milling and Mining for $1.7 million. The deal closed on June 6.

The mine will create approximately 60 new jobs in Searchlight, a town of less than 1,000, and bring economic development to the mining region, the company says. Searchlight is more than an hour’s drive, about 60 miles, from Las Vegas.

“Even with the physical risk, and the toll on his body, my dad loved being a miner,” Reid said. “He loved it because he was good at it, and because he was more content battling the earth than being around people. … My father was born to mine, and it was the only thing he wanted to do.”

The Reids have spent 25 years in Searchlight.

Reid has never made any secret of his love for his home town. The title of his first book, published in 1998, was “Searchlight: The Camp That Didn’t Fail,” and it gives a comprehensive history of the town.

Former Nevada Gov. Mike O’Callaghan, Reid’s mentor and high school teacher, writes in the book’s foreword: “I don’t know where Harry’s political future will take him, but I do know the lessons he learned in Searchlight — lessons about handling adversity, confronting a harsh and extreme environment, and facing challenges with courage and principle — will provide the foundation for his life’s work. That’s why this historical tribute to Searchlight is so important; it gives insight into the man who wrote it.”

  • jerry bouchet

    I believe it’s too late that hot desert sun has done totally baked what little brains he was born with.

  • mokyfellow

    NOW,,,,if we can get him moved out of Washington (permanentaly) we (the whole nation) would be better off.

    • Korean War Vet

      mokyfellow, what say we get him completely out of the country? He’s just moving on to screw-up another piece of Freedom. ;-)

  • Darrell

    Reid just needs to leave the USA as a ‘traitor’!

    • Sally

      How so? Why is the GOP not under arrest for sedition for undercutting everything the WH tries to do for the people? What has the GOP done for you lately? Gotten more guns on the streets? Yes, more kids are dying every day in America..in their homes and schools. Good job, NRA supporters. Gotten corporate tax rates lowered so they will presumably create jobs? Didn’t happen. Made women out to be idiotic second class citizens who can’t even tell if they’ve been raped, and are now arrested for miscarriages in some states? Yup. Made it impossible for many elderly voters to vote because they have never had a birth certificate, and have worked their entire lives in this country, voted with no problem, and are known in their precincts? Yup. Made sure that the wealthy donors have even more say in our elections? Check. Fought against a rise in the minimum wage? Check. Fought for Keystone, which will create minimal longterm jobs, and a major problem over our main aquifer and farmland? Check. Fought for the insurance companies to make sure health care is affordable only to the rich? Check.
      Now, how is any Democrat a traitor again?

  • Ambas Ador

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