Daily Fix Poll: Harry Reid and the Ritz-Carlton -- does it matter to voters?
By Felicia Sonmez
Following last week's Nevada Senate debate, former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) has opened up a new line of attack against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, taking aim at the Democrat for living in the Washington D.C. Ritz-Carlton residences.
"Harry Reid: Living large in the D.C. Ritz-Carlton," says the narrator in Angle's latest TV ad against Reid. Another Angle ad invokes Reid's residence and casts the Democrat as "another multi-millionaire just trying to make ends meet."
Angle's ads echo one aired by the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee earlier this week charging that Reid "lives at the Ritz-Carlton while thousands are losing their homes."
(Using where politicians reside is a tried and true tactic in campaigns. Republicans bashed then Senate leader Tom Daschle for his expensive D.C. home in the 2004 South Dakota Senate race and Democrats are going after Republican businessman John Raese's expensive house in the West Virginia Senate contest this year)
Reid's camp has shot back with a TV ad accusing Angle of hypocrisy. "She lives off her husband's Bureau of Land Management pension and her health care is government-paid for life," the narrator of the Reid ad says.
With polling showing the race in a dead heat, Angle's eleventh-hour populist argument against Reid's wealth appears designed to appeal to the small pool of voters who remain undecided in the race. The question is, will it work? Weigh in below.
| October 21, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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