Nevada Sen. Harry Reid calls legislators ‘cowards’ over prostitution

Aug 25, 2014
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A strange piece in today’s Las Vegas Review-Journal about Senator Harry Reid’s failure interest legislators in a plan that would stifle local economies while taking away county voters’ rights of self-determination.

The article opens with the declaration “Harry Reid is no prude”, then fails to mention he is a Mormon.

Harry Reid (far left) and LDS leaders, President Thomas S. Monson and Elder Dallin H. Oaks, (center and far right) presenting family history to President Obama.

Harry Reid (far left) and LDS leaders, President Thomas S. Monson and Elder Dallin H. Oaks, (center and far right) presenting a family history to President Obama.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints opposes prostitution of any kind. 

We raise our voices against prostitution, and against all forms of immorality. We are not here to practice immorality of any kind. Above all things, sexual immorality is most heinous in the sight of God. … Therefore, we raise our voices against sexual immorality, and against all manner of obscenity.

Chastity and Purity, Chapter 18

In any event, here’s the remainder of the story…

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks during the Asian Chamber of Commerce's monthly lunch at the Gold Coast casino-hotel in Las Vegas Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (Erik Verduzco/Las vegas Review-Journal)

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks during the Asian Chamber of Commerce’s monthly lunch at the Gold Coast casino-hotel in Las Vegas Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (Erik Verduzco/Las vegas Review-Journal)

The U.S. senator likes to tell the story of growing up in dusty Searchlight where prostitutes were as common as Joshua trees.

“The No. 1 industry when I grew up during the war was not mining. The No. 1 industry was prostitution,” Reid, D-Nev., said the other day, recalling that at one point Searchlight had 13 legal brothels.

His mother took in laundry from the brothels, he said.

Reid, 74, told the story on Thursday during the monthly luncheon of the Asian Chamber of Commerce at the Gold Coast off the Strip.

The Senate majority leader didn’t bring up the topic. Instead, he was asked by a member of the audience what ever happened to his call for the Nevada Legislature to outlaw prostitution in the state. Now, it’s legal in eight rural counties and not in those that are big population centers such as Clark County and Washoe County.

In 2011, Reid said in a speech to the Legislature it’s time for Nevadans to have “an adult conversation” about ending prostitution because legal brothels hurt the state’s reputation.

He argued that businesses seeking to move to the Silver State are sometimes reluctant because of its legal prostitution (not to mention gambling and a poor education system.)

Reid said last week he still feels the same way, but Nevada lawmakers seem reluctant to broach the idea.

“I believe it has hindered economic development in the state,” Reid told the chamber.

So why does he think lawmakers didn’t act on his advice? Reid didn’t mince words.

“The Legislature, they’re all a bunch of cowards,” Reid said. “They were afraid to do anything about it.”

At the time, most lawmakers said they were dealing with a major budget crisis and didn’t have time to spend on debating whether to outlaw prostitution. Others said it’s a local issue for each of Nevada’s 17 counties to determine — a position Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval took, saying, “It’s up to the counties to decide if they want it or not.”

Three years later, there’s no indication lawmakers are moving to close legal brothels any time soon.

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Voltaire
Voltaire
6 years ago

It’s too bad Reid didn’t get ousted in 2010… Damn Ultra-Right decided the absolute nutjob Sharon Angle should get the Republican primary vote. Literally anyone would have beaten him except her…

Deep Throat
6 years ago
Reply to  Voltaire

I agree — and it’s great to see you back

Voltaire
Voltaire
6 years ago
Reply to  Deep Throat

Yes, I would like to post more, but unfortunately time is not something I have much of these days. Idle hands are the Devil’s tool, or some such nonsense…

Harry Reid is the prime example; it’s not the party, it’s the person. Luckily, calling for the statewide closure of the brothels won’t win him many friends here in Nevada. Well, as long as his main opponent isn’t batshit insane (Sharon Angle). I know hardcore Republicans who voted for Reid just to avoid the embarrassment that would have been Angle.

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