Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | 4:04 p.m.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s campaign today launched a new TV ad attacking his GOP opponent Sharron Angle for her comment that she would not have worked to help save the CityCenter project when it was desperate for financing.
Reid said he wielded his influence as Senate Majority Leader to help convince the project’s financers not to abandon the project in the wake of the financial industry meltdown. Executives at MGM Resorts International, the project’s owner and Reid’s largest campaign donor, have credited Reid with saving the project and the 22,000 construction and resort jobs associated with it.
When asked last week by a caller to a conservative talk show whether she would have made a similar intervention, Angle said no.
The Reid campaign is building the case that Angle, with her conservative anti-government philosophy, would do little to help the Nevada economy if she is elected. Meanwhile, Reid says he can point to specific concrete projects he has helped that have provided jobs, even if most of the economic indicators in Nevada prove the state continues to suffer more from the recession than almost any other in the nation.
Angle argues the only way for the government to help the economy is to “get out of the way” of private industry through lower taxes and less regulation.