Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday said Republicans should follow the lead of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Reid said Graham defeated conservative challengers and avoided a runoff after co-authoring immigration reform last year, unlike House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who was defeated in a shocking result the same night.
“I believe the Republicans should follow the lead of Lindsey Graham. Lindsey Graham was part of the Gang of Eight to come up with immigration reform. He never backed down, backed up. He kept going forward on this issue,” Reid said.
“We need more Republicans who are Lindsey Grahams,” he added. “Lindsey Graham is a very conservative man but I’ve worked with him on a number of issues, some of which we don’t even talk about publicly.”
Graham may have easily won his GOP primary fight last night at the top of a crowded field, but it’s still safe to say this endorsement of sorts – especially on the contentious issue of illegal immigration – from the hardcore Nevada liberal who just happens to be the Senate Majority Leader will cause Graham considerable grief among the GOP faithful in South Carolina, from where several local GOP chapters have censured him.
Thanks, by the way, to Senator Reid about the tidbit of information on how he and Graham work together behind the scenes sometimes without anyone knowing publicly. Nice to know that the senior Senator from SC doesn’t have any issues whatsoever working closely with complete snakes in senior leadership positions in the US Senate who are out to destroy the party for which Graham claims to represent.