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Combine green energy & Harry Reid, and it always smells like cronyism

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Timothy P. Carney

Democrats really need to explain why they keep as their leading legislator a man with such a long record of ethically compromised legislative and financial deals.

Reuters has the latest on “Dirty Harry” Reid:

He and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert.

Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada. His son, a lawyer with a prominent Las Vegas firm that is representing ENN, helped it locate a 9,000-acre (3,600-hectare) desert site that it is buying well below appraised value from Clark County, where Rory Reid formerly chaired the county commission.

This is the norm for Reid, as I explained in a column last month. It’s hard to understand why Democrats get a free pass on their support for him as majority leader.

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