That may be the best coverage Bob Beers’ senatorial campaign has gotten in the local paper in a year and half. Often stories about the race to replace Harry Reid neglect to mention him as a candidate or label him a long shot. But his bailing out of the race apparently warranted a mention inside the Nevada section.
But staffing at the paper must be even tighter than we thought. The byline on the story is columnist John L. Smith, who already writes four or five columns a week. Job security must be a valuable commodity.
The story quotes conservative Republican Beers’ website, where he wrote, “When I announced my candidacy more than a year ago, Harry Reid was actively running for re-election and I was the only Republican office holder in the state with the courage to run against him. His policies were so bad for Nevada, and for America, that I had decided to step up.”
As well as: “My goal was to stop Harry Reid from another term and I have accomplished that goal. The Nevada Republican Party will have no problem recruiting from our deep bench to find someone to run for the open seat and work, hopefully, to reign (sic or a pun?) in Washington. Meanwhile, I will be most effective serving the people of Las Vegas.”
Former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, a liberal Democrat who refused to file suit over ObamaCare, has been anointed by Reid to succeed him. Tax hiking Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval has bowed out of contention and Republican Rep. Joe Heck is said to be considering a race.
None of the people being talked about as potential candidates are any where near as conservative and fiscally responsible as Beers.
Even though the Beers exit report ran as a news story, it still contained some commentary:
“According to his website, ‘He consistently describes being a councilman as ‘the most fun job I’ve ever had.’”
“But wouldn’t even the long-shot chance to hold a seat in the U.S. Senate have been even more fun?”