Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 | 1:41 p.m.
Republican senate candidate Sharron Angle is out with another ad attempting to paint Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as wealthy and out of touch.
Since last week’s debate, the Angle campaign has been accusing Reid of using his elected position to get rich.
Angle’s latest ad juxtaposes Reid’s lifestyle with the typical Nevadan suffering under the economy.
“While you worry about making your next mortgage payment, guess who lives in this spectacular Washington Ritz Carlton,” the ad says. “Thanks to Harry Reid, there’s someone doing just fine.”
Angle launched the attack during the debate, eliciting from Reid the response that he’s been “living on a fixed income.” Republicans have been mocking the line.
Though Reid does make a handsome salary, $193,400 because of his leadership position, he’s far from the richest member of the Senate. According to Center for Responsive Politics, Reid ranks 32nd in personal wealth, with a net worth between $2.9 million and $6.4 million.
Clearly, however, Angle’s campaign would like voters to focus more on his millions than on Reid’s hardscrabble upbringing in Searchlight.
That biography was emphasized recently in a lengthy ad by a VoteVets.Org that describes Reid as determined enough to walk and hitchhike 46 miles to the nearest high school when he was a teenager.
“We think Nevada needs him and that determination,” the ad concludes.