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    1. agreed

      Comment by eric — Tuesday, May 30, 2024 @ 11:09 am

    2. Reid voted against the folks supplying the tickets–no quid there.

      Comment by Larry — Tuesday, May 30, 2024 @ 12:09 pm

    3. Yep, a non-starter alright. The Republicans will try to get as much milage as possible out of this, but at this point nobody’s listening.

      Comment by Randy — Tuesday, May 30, 2024 @ 12:25 pm

    4. “b) the odds that the tickets influenced Reid in any way are pretty slim–as his natural predilection would have been to support the Neveda Atheltic Commission in the first place.”

      I am not sure what is meant by this since he was actively supporting legislation that would strip the NAC of some power.

      Comment by Ratoe — Tuesday, May 30, 2024 @ 12:43 pm

    5. Clearly this is another example of the liberal MSM at work.

      Comment by Colin — Tuesday, May 30, 2024 @ 1:36 pm

    6. This issue is getting traction because of the attitude of our congress. They think they are better than us and deserve such perks as $1400 ringside tickets. That elitism is why they no longer truly represent us in Washington.

      Maybe this isn’t classical corruption like money in an envelope but it is the long term soft corruption of special treatment and privilege. It may not end up in a court but it sickens common americans just the same.

      Why did he get tickets for free unless someone thought it would advance their agenda. Maybe not on this particular vote but maybe down the road. It could have been an investment in the future.

      The solution is to outlaw all gifts, perks and special treatment they could possibly receive, put a limit on congressional “fact finding” travel, and make them live off the salaries they receive.

      For rich people they sure are cheap, whiny mooches.

      Comment by Steven Plunk — Tuesday, May 30, 2024 @ 5:36 pm

    7. Not only did Reid vote against the interests of those who gave him the seats, but they were not actually tickets but reserved seats for government investigators. It would’ve been illegal for Reid to reimburse the commission for them.

      Comment by Lis Riba — Wednesday, May 31, 2024 @ 5:59 pm

    8. Given the corrections posted in comments #2 and #7, have you considered posting an update to the blog post for the benefit of readers who don’t delve into the comments?

      Comment by Lis Riba — Thursday, June 1, 2024 @ 7:36 am

    9. Lis,

      I have meant to get back to it–plus there was a wire story on the issue yesterday regarding Reid’s reponse. I simply haven’t had the time as yet.

      Thanks for the comments.


      Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, June 1, 2024 @ 7:54 am

    10. I will say this in regards to the vote: the issue wouldn’t be, per se, what his final vote was, but rather that accepting the tickets could, theoretically, have influenced him at the time. Whether it did or not would not affect the ethics of taking the tickets in the first place.

      Having said that, and as I said in the post, I don’t see any big deal about the tickets in the first place.

      Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, June 1, 2024 @ 8:00 am

    11. TPMmuckraker has been all over this story.
      I blogged it this morning (with links to the various relevant analyses)

      Comment by Lis Riba — Thursday, June 1, 2024 @ 5:18 pm

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