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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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