U.S. Sen. Harry Reid was scheduled to be in Carson City’s Nevada Day parade Saturday, but sat it out on the reviewing stand instead. He was urged to stay out of the parade because there were concerns for his safety by his security team.
Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said it was not his department that urged Reid to skip the parade. “He had a security detachment with him, and they had concerns, and we assisted their efforts,” Furlong said. He said his office was not informed of the specifics of whatever threat or alleged threat was involved.
There have been a number of violent incidents in political campaigns around the nation in this highly charged year, particularly in races where the tea party movement is a factor.
In Kentucky, a MoveOn volunteer suffered a concussion and sprains after being attacked by a supporter of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul. The supporter has been charged with assault.
In Alaska, aides to Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Miller “arrested” and handcuffed a reporter for asking questions. They are off-duty soldiers, and their conduct is now being investigated by the military.
In Nevada, two people—including a supporter of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle—were charged with disorderly conduct after they allegedly used pepper spray on a group of people waiting outside a Reid rally in Las Vegas. At a Christian forum in Las Vegas last month that featured both U.S. Senate candidates, a fist fight broke out in the audience.