Minority leader of the Senate, Harry Reid has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2016. Recent revelations that Reid was neck deep in the EB-5 scandal may have played a part. DHS Inspector General named Reid as one of the people who influenced Alejandro Mayorkas in order to get 230 of the EB-5 visas approved and give his donors 115 million in working capital. Reid has served thirty years and his resignation will greatly hamper democratic efforts to retake the senate. In his retirement announcement video, Reid is heard saying:
“The job of minority leader of the United States Senate is just as important as being the majority leader. It gives you so much opportunity to do good things for this country. And that’s what I am focused on.”
Reid insisted that he wasn’t retiring due to his recent accident or the fact that democrats lost control of the senate last election. He vowed to keep fighting over the next 22 months. (For what country?) In January, Reid had an accident while exercising that broke several ribs and a couple of bones in his face, which has required two operations so far to keep his eyesight.
Reid claims that although the republican victory in November was not the reason he is retiring and the accident had no effect on his announcement, he did say the time off gave him a chance to ponder the future of his party. He said:
“We have to make sure that the Democrats take control of the Senate again.”
His possible replacement could come down to Dick Durbin and Chucky Schumer, the top two democrats in the senate behind Reid. Several election predictors had found that Reid’s seat was the most likely to flop during the 2016 election.
Reid has been the focal point of several scandals especially over the last few years and is currently under investigation by the DHS and congress. By retiring, Reid lessens the chance he will be prosecuted just like Ron Paul retired last election to prevent answering the ethics committee for embezzling 23k from the taxpayers.
From me and mine, I would just like to say, “Good riddance, buttwipe.”
Courtesy of Red Statements.