State senator wants to rename airport for Harry Reid

McCarran Interrational (R-J photo by Jeff Scheid)

Democratic state Sen. Tick Segerblom’s proposal to rename McCarran International Airport after Sen. Harry Reid smacks of a pot calling the kettle black mentality.

According to KTNV-TV, Channel 13, Segerblom plans to ask lawmakers in the next legislative session in 2017 to make the change, even though the naming of the airport is probably up to the Clark County Commission instead of lawmakers. The airport is named for longtime Democratic Nevada U.S. Sen. Pat McCarran, who was ardent anti-Communist after World War II in the same vein as the now much reviled Joe McCarthy.

“I think people it may take a few years to adjust, but we don’t want our town and our major airport named after somebody who’s history is just so repulsive,” the television station quotes Segerblom as saying.

In fact, Reid himself has been railing against having anything named after McCarran for years. In 2012 he called for the airport to be renamed.

“Pat McCarran was one of the most anti-Semitic … one of the most anti-black, one of the most prejudiced people ever to serve in the Senate,” Reid was quoted by the Las  Vegas newspaper as saying. “It’s not a decision I am going to make, but you asked me to give you my opinion. I don’t think his name should be on anything.”

County commissioners at the time balked at the idea of a name change — though they were contemplating changing the name to Las Vegas International — due to the millions of dollars it would cost to make the change in signs and literature and online, etc.

Reid has also called for removing the statue of McCarran from the U.S. Capitol.

Segerblom told the TV station, “As Democrats, we owe it to our state to acknowledge what he’s done for us. He’s preserved more land as far as federal protections, he’s brought the solar industry through, he has put us on the map, nationally and internationally, and so I think it’s important to recognize that.”

He took federal land out of economically productive use and jacked up all our power bills by demanding coal-fired power plants be replaced with expensive and expansive swaths of solar panels. I thought Bugsy Siegel and Moe Dalitz put Nevada on the map.

Bugsy Siegel International sort of has ring to it.

Harry Reid is a self-serving gaffe machine. He rants against free speech. He has made himself a multimillionaire while in public office. He has improperly interceded on behalf his family and friends. He already has an empty research park named for him. Peter Schweizer’s book, “Extortion,” contains a whole chapter on Reid.

Reid called for removal of McCarran statue.

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8 comments on “State senator wants to rename airport for Harry Reid

  1. John Smith says:

    I wonder what the newspaper will say about that issue now. I have my guess.

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  2. No…NO…and HELL NO!!!

  3. Re-open one of the whore houses in Searchlight and dub it the Harry Reid Memorial Library and Massage Parlor.

  4. Connie Foust says:

    This would be a travesty. Reid did not represent the people of Nevada, he represented himself and every crony capitalist in the state. He is a disgrace and should be in an orange jumpsuit in a federal facility.

  5. desertrat says:

    Name one of the privvies in a Las Vegas Federal Building after him. The history of the state’s elected officials is the state’s legacy for better or worse. Quit redacting folks & things that were different! C’mon, isn’t ‘diversity’ one of the Dems mantras?

  6. Bill says:

    Personally, I don’t think any public work should be named after any politician, unless perhaps that politician has been dead for at least 10 years and the colder light of history has had a chance to measure the actual attributes and accomplishments of the particular individual. Too often the name is bestowed as a reward for largess dispensed from the public treasury.

  7. Anonymous says:

    That would be so disgusting. He is the nastiest, horrible politician in the country Very few in Nevada can stand him and his obnoxious ways.

  8. marylou roddenberry says:

    To name anything after Harry Reid is absolutely disgusting. He is a corrupt politician, and has always been, filling his and his cronies pockets with $millions. He is disgraceful and those of us who take pride in Las Vegas as our hometown would be highly offended if his name is on anything other than a sewer pipe.

    “Little Old Lady Concerned Citizen”

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