Harry Reid's "outlaw prostitution
speech was puzzling. The sentiments he expressed ("Nevada needs to be
known as the first place for innovation and investment-–not as the last
place where prostitution is still legal") make sense in theory, but why
now? As Politico's Molly Ball
observed, "the most powerful man in the United States Senate,
addressing the legislature of his home state at a time of fiscal chaos
and potential government shutdown, had something he wanted to talk about
Perhaps more confusing than Reid's timing was fellow NV Senator John Ensign's response: defending
legal prostitution. Ensign, if you recall, was previously embroiled in a 2009 sex scandal
where he "acknowledged an extramarital affair with a former
campaign staffer who is married to one of the lawmaker's former
legislative aides." You'd think that Ensign would want to distance himself from anything involving sex if he is, indeed, considering a re-election bid.
But, nope. "You know, [legal prostitution is] a county by county issue and I think and it
should be left to the counties," figured Ensign in an interview with local station KTNV
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