Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is facing a potential GOP takeover
of the Senate this November, not to mention his own bitterly
contested reelection campaign against the pesky (but gaffe-prone
) Sharron Angle. So it's a curious time to be
issuing a statement that details his opposition to the proposed Ground
Zero mosque, especially when the President has seemingly endorsed
the move. As The Hill's Michael O'Brien reports
Angle has been consistently applying the pressure to Reid to either
break ranks in the Democratic party or face a reprisal in Nevada's
Here's the brief note in the statement from his spokesman, Jim Manley (via
The Washington Post):
First Amendment protects freedom of religion," Manley wrote in an
e-mail. "Senator Reid respects that, but thinks that the mosque should
be built someplace else."
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