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Harry Reid is locked in a tight election contest with Sharron Angle, and his campaign is pulling out all the stops to improve his chances for re-election. According to National Review, that includes pressuring Harrah’s Casinos to dragoon their staff into voting for Reid:
Executives at the casino giant Harrah’s pushed company employees to vote early in an all-out effort to help the Harry Reid campaign, according to internal emails obtained by Battle ‘10.
The stepped-up effort began Wednesday when a Reid staffer sent an email pleading for help to Harrah’s top lobbyist, Jan Jones. Soon after, Marybel Batjer, Harrah’s vice president of public policy and communications, distributed that plea via email to executives throughout the company.
The Reid campaign staffer, whose name was removed in the email Batjer sent to Harrah’s executives, said “ANYTHING” would be done to help with the company’s get out the vote effort. The staffer cited the fact that 1,100 MGM employees had already voted and indicated dissatisfaction with the turnout from Harrah’s.
Jones is the former Mayor of Las Vegas, and “has held senior positions with the Nevada state arm of the Democratic National Committee.” Her willingness to pressure her employer to pull out all the stops to help Reid would not be a surprise.
Go and read the whole piece for the E-mail chain.
Cross-posted at Liberty Central
P.S. – If the Republicans take the House of Representatives, California’s Darrell Issa will be chair of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee. I know he cares passionately about the right of Americans to cast their votes according to their own consciences, without heavy-handed pressure from their bosses. If he becomes Chairman, Issa maybe oughta hold hearings on this.