In Nevada, Harry Reid loses out to... Bryce Harper?
By Paul Kane
It may be primary day, but a quick glance at Nevada's major newspaper makes clear what folks in this political battleground care most deeply about: Bryce Harper, the 17-year-old Las Vegas native selected by the Washington Nationals Monday night in the first pick of the Major League Baseball draft.
Move over Harry Reid -- the Senate majority leader may no longer be the most important Silver State resident hitched to the nation's capital. Stretched across four columns, Harper's draft selection dominated the front page of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Yes, yes, technically speaking, the newspaper touted its preview of the day's primary contests in its most prominent position, under the somewhat bland "Key races draw voters" headline stretched across the top of the paper. But Harper occupied about 75 percent of the page and dominated the inside sports section.
Harper is such a hot local commodity Reid felt compelled to issue a statement from his Senate office congratulating him moments after the Nationals made what was a not-very-surprising selection of Harper. "Bryce Harper is a rare talent who we're also proud to call a Nevadan," Reid said. "He's displayed his exceptional abilities against the best competition at every amateur level."
No word on the Harper family's politics. At 17, Bryce will not be able to vote in the fall general election pitting Reid against one of three leading GOP challengers heading into Tuesday's primary, and his father, Ron, has not made any political donations in the last six years.
Whoever wins in the fall general election will likely have the opportunity, perhaps as early as next season, to play second fiddle to Harper's role as the leading Las Vegas man in Washington.
June 8, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
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