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Reid on Georgiou appointment to financial crisis commission: ‘I wish I hadn’t done it’

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2011, after the policy lunches.

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Sen. Harry Reid confirmed to reporters today that he regrets appointing Byron Georgiou to the Federal Crisis Inquiry Commission -- and he’s not backing away from Georgiou’s accusations that the criticism has arisen only because Georgiou is challenging Reid's favored candidate for the Democratic nomination to the Senate in Nevada.

“I think it has something to do with him running for the Senate because it so dramatizes how he misled me,” Reid told a group of reporters in the Capitol Tuesday afternoon when asked about reports printed in the Sun that he thought his appointment of Georgiou to the FCIC was a mistake.

“Here’s a guy; I didn’t know he lost a number of house races in California,” Reid began, itemizing a near list of complaints about Georgiou. “He boasted about all of these jobs he was creating; all the jobs are in China. He didn’t bother to tell me about all the lawsuits that have been filed against him. He didn’t bother to tell me about all the liens on properties that he had.

“So yeah,” Reid finished, “I wish I hadn’t done it.”

Georgiou told the Sun, and then reiterated in a press release last night, that he thought Reid’s regrets, and the basis for them, were “another series of falsehoods manufactured by my opponents...who are desperate to deprive Nevada’s voters of a choice in next year’s Senate elections.”

Georgiou is challenging Rep. Shelley Berkley for the party's nomination. Reid, who is working to hang onto his majority in the U.S. Senate, is supporting Berkley's campaign.

While he didn’t refer to Reid by name, it appears Georgiou's frustration, at this point, is directed at Reid as much as his opponent, Berkley.

While the Democratic primary is still a year off, the Democratic powers that be, both nationally and in Nevada, have already anointed Berkley as their presumptive candidate. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Commission and Reid -- seen by many as Nevada’s Democratic kingmaker -- have been working on Berkley’s behalf since she announced her bid in April, by campaigning, fundraising, and media-blasting Berkley’s positions almost non-stop since then. Berkley’s presumed primary and general election opponents, by comparison, have been maintain a much calmer pace of operations.

Georgiou's seat on the commission, tasked with analyzing what caused the economic collapse, raised his profile nationally.

Despite the recent criticism, Georgiou has promised to continue his campaign through for the next 17 months until Election Day 2012, pulling together an impressive national list of deep-pocketed donors, and getting seasoned national and state-side political experts -- including Joe Trippi, former political strategist for presidential candidate Howard Dean in 2004, and Jerry Brown's gubernatorial campaign in California; and Dan Hart, who served for a period as Rory Reid’s campaign director in his bid to be Nevada’s governor.

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  1. I wouldn't vote for any of them anyways.

  2. harry did not check into the guys past before he backed him,and only now does he say i would not have done it,what kind of idiots does he take us for.i would never vote for reid.

  3. Between this and the other thread today "Harry Reid: 'I would favor Huntsman over Romney'" it would seem our Senator Reid is in serious need of being reminded he is merely a piece of our government.

    "Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm --- but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves." -- T.S. Eliot

  4. I wonder if Reid knows how transparent he is? I wonder if he knows that we all recognize him for the phony he is? He probably doesn't as there are still those who are naive or selfish enough to support him.

    I'm sure he IS sorry he supported Georgiou for anything because Georgiou is supporting his opponent. This shows us that Georgiou may have more integrity than Reid.

    Reid is an old school hyper-partisan Democrat who puts politics before principle, politics before the welfare of the nation and his own political well being before that of his constituent and his state. He is in the habit of telling people what they want to hear, getting his way and getting away with it. Like both Democrats and Republicans who have done this before and some that are still trying like Reid, he is coming to the realization that we are waking up and his time is coming. His attempts to disparage his opponent will hopefully fail and his political strategy of personal attacks, distortions and lies will not bring success.

    Fortunately many of us see the truth and more are learning every day. Regardless of party, when the voters choose selfish self interest over principle or choose to believe the film flam man because he or she promises a pie in the sky, everyone loses.

    Voters are learning that money doesn't grow on trees, we can't afford everything we want despite the hollow promises of Republicans and Democrats who claim we can; and postponing the inevitable for just one more election only helps the politician while making things worse for everyone else. Reid is one of too many on both sides of the isle who are all too comfortable with passing the buck, engendering the status quo and compounding our problems by putting them off in order to gain their own reelection or other political goals. The biggest tell is that these folks don't even feel bad when they nail their own citizens to the wall. We're just suckers who line their pockets and keep them in power to them.

    Hopefully we can run most of these bums out of office while making enough of a recovery in the next decade to prevent our children and grandchildren from suffering what is on the horizon for them today, and sure to come if we don't.