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February 6, 2016

Reid: Prostitution Might Hurt Las Vegas’ GOP Convention Chances

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he thinks legalized prostitution could work against Nevada’s efforts to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Reid is supportive of proposals to bring the GOP nominating soiree two years from now to Las Vegas. Prostitution actually is illegal in Clark County, which is home to Vegas. Still, Reid said while back in his home state over recess that prostitution “would be an issue” for the convention.

“There are people who don’t come to the state of Nevada for a number of reasons, like our education system and the image that we have,” Reid said Tuesday in Carson City, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. “And one of the (bad) images we have had, gambling, has long since [passed] as a negative. But prostitution hasn’t.”

Back in 2011, Reid’s comments to the state legislature in the same city calling for the outlaw of prostitution in rural Nevada went over about as well as a lead balloon.

Or, as Reid said, “a move that was comparable to a pregnant high jumper.”

One argument in favor of bringing the Republican convention to Las Vegas might be that Reid himself figures to be on the ballot. He has repeatedly said he plans to seek another term in 2016 and that he has no intention of stepping aside as party leader any time soon.

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