Following up on my post from earlier this afternoon, Nevada political observer and Las Vegas Sun columnist Jon Ralston got an official statement from the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., regarding the Washington Post’s report today that he intendeds to retire at the end of his current term:
Response from Reidworld to Milbank-fueled speculation: “The is purely baseless speculation. Of course he is running again.”
That would indicate that Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank simply erred when he wrote in his column today:
Reid, who won reelection in 2010 and doesn’t plan to run for office again, is happy to absorb blows in return — and they have been ferocious. (emphasis added)
Milbank’s claim was eyebrow-raising because the majority leader had not previously given any indication he plans to step down.
No word so far from Milbank on whether he stands by his claim or this was a simple goof.