Following leaked emails that show the Clinton campaign and its tepid support of unions and its leaders in Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid wants to pull money earmarked for Hillary Clinton and her presidential run and divert it to the U.S. Senate race in his state, where democrat Cortez Masto in currently in a tight race to succeed Reed, a source close to one of Reid’s former campaign manager says.
“Reid is concerned about his legacy. Masto is looking to take the mantle from him and right now she is running behind and this is one area where Republicans feel they can succeed,” said the source who is not authorized to speak. “And he [Reid] wants her to win the seat. When Reid read those leaked emails he was incensed because of how the Clinton campaign has handled unions.”
Polling in Nevada show Masto trailing U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, the Republican, with Clinton beating Trump in that state.
Private emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta revealed by WikiLeaks show that the Hillary Clinton team found it “annoying” when AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka would shower praise on Vice President Joe Biden for his commitment to fighting for labor and Trumka’s forgetting to give Clinton her due.
According to the Washington Examiner, the comments by the Clinton campaign were made on Sept. 6, 2015 after “collection of press highlights that summarized comments Trumka had made about Clinton’s relationship with organized labor. “Trumka is asked what it would take for Labor movement to work hard for HRC and he says it all depends where she comes down on [the Trans-Pacific Partnership], and that will determine whether people will work hard for her or just vote for her.
“Trumka also says Joe Biden has been a champion for working people his entire life. Biden and HRC both would be good presidents,” the summary notes Trumka remarked. It adds that Trumka was scheduled to appear at an event with Biden, who was briefly considered a potential Democratic competitor to Clinton, the following day.
“Ann O’Leary, a senior policy adviser to Clinton, was the first to voice her disapproval. “This Trumpka [sic] line about Joe Biden really annoys me whenever I hear him say it, that Biden has been fighting for working people his whole life. It implies that HRC has not.”
The insider says Reid those emails, coupled with Clinton’s famous bad mouthing of the coal industry, makes it easy for him to want to divert the funding.
At a CNN Democratic Town Hall in Columbus, Ohio, Clinton said: “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
According to the insider, Reid is most interested in his legacy. “And he’s doing what he can to make sure Masto is victorious next month.”
SOURCE: Friends of Bernie Sanders
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