Finally fed up with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s low-rent, bullying tactics, the Louisiana Republican Party on Wednesday filed a formal complaint against Reid with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, charging Reid had abused taxpayer dollars in his endless invective against wealthy Republicans.
Meanwhile, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus took to “Fox and Friends” Wednesday to scorch Reid as “so dirty and so unethical that some of these things have to happen.”
“You have to put a marker down and say, ‘Wait a second. You are not going to use a taxpayer web site and a taxpayer Twitter account to attack Republicans,’ ” Reid said.
In the Senate, the GOP complaint is addressed to Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., the chairwoman and chairman of the select committee.
In particular, the GOP complaint cites a post on Reid’s official Senate website that claims to present facts about billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch but which really “levels more than a dozen hyperbolic attacks on the Koch brothers.”
The complaint also includes a posting on Reid’s official Twitter account that argued Reid’s Republican fellow senators “might as well wear Koch insignias to denote their sponsorship.”
At the same time as the website and Twitter post, Reid made a speech in the Senate attacking Republican senators and also suggesting they’re such puppets of campaign donors they should sport sponsorship decals the way NASCAR vehicles and drivers do.
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While Reid can do anything he chooses on the floor of the Senate, the use of public money for clearly partisan purposes crossed the ethical line, the GOP complaint states.
“Senate rules are clear: Senators and staff are prohibited from using official resources for partisan, electoral activities.”
The complaint also notes that under Senate rules, the use of official Internet services for “personal, promotional, commercial or partisan political/campaign purposes is prohibited.
The complaint also asks the ethics committee to investigate whether Reid’s taxpayer-paid staff actually created the website and Twitter posts, noting that the majority leader probably didn’t have time to do the actual work himself.
Given Barbara Boxer’s position as chairwoman of the ethics committee and Reid’s power, it’s a virtual certainty the GOP complaint is going nowhere.
But it’s about time Reid started getting called out for the disgrace he is.
And after this year’s elections, when he’s not Senate majority leader, the Senate house-cleaning can really get started.
“Harry Reid brings this stuff on himself,” Priebus said. “We’re gonna take it as far as we can … Now he’s crossed the line in regard to the law.”
Check out Priebus making the case against Reid here.
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