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Sen. Harry Reid not interested in buying hometown casino, former brothel


Steve Marcus

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) responds to questions during an interview with reporters at his home in Searchlight, Nev. Thursday, January 17, 2013.

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WASHINGTON — Most of Searchlight’s business district may be for sale, but the town's favorite son isn’t interested in buying.

Sen. Harry Reid told reporters today that he didn’t expect to make a bid on the land and properties recently listed by the Doing family, which owns the local Searchlight Nugget casino and several other properties, including a motel and a former brothel. Widow and matriarch Verlie Doing recently decided she wants to retire to Montana.

“There’s a lady that owned a lot in Searchlight for a long time, 88 years old. She’s decided to sell, and she wants $5 million dollars for it,” Reid explained after a reporter asked about his interest.

The Senate’s highest-ranking member regularly boasts his hometown pride in everything from his floor speeches to his website to his office’s answering machine, which greets callers with: “Hello. This is Senator Harry Reid of Searchlight, Nevada.”

But he paused to think for a moment before putting the kibosh on the idea of adding to the homestead.

“I think that’s for somebody else, not me,” he said.

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  1. Why would he want to? He (along with a few hundred others) are already members of the country's largest brothel.

  2. Whorehouse Harry Reid! It would be kismet!

  3. Our good and great fortune would be if he moved to another state, as unlikely as that is. Maybe we could annex Searchlight to California and offer it to him for free in exchange for becoming a California citizen.

    Silly I know, but one can hope.

  4. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to ask the senator if he would like to finance the purchase of this historic place.