A Republican Senator from Louisiana gave Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., both barrels for remarks Reid made last week.
When promoting the $9 billion pork-laden Hurricane Sandy relief bill on the Senate floor, Reid said that 2005’s Hurricane Katrina was “nothing” when compared to the superstorm that ravaged New York and New Jersey in October.
“The people of New Orleans and that area, they were hurt, but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New York and New Jersey,” Reid remarked.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., was incensed. According to a Fox News report, “Vitter acknowledged that Katrina and Sandy, in late October, were ‘horribly destructive storms that caused real human misery,’ but argued that Katrina ‘by any measure’ was the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.”
“Sadly, Harry Reid has again revealed himself to be an idiot, this time gravely insulting Gulf Coast residents,” Vitter said Monday. Vitter is the ranking Republican of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee.
A side-by-side comparison of the two storms suggests that Vitter may have a point. Katrina resulted in 1,833 deaths and over $108 billion in damage. Sandy’s toll was 125 deaths and $62 billion in damage.
According to Fox News, Reid later apologized to Vitter. 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is still awaiting Reid’s apology for stating that Romney hadn’t paid taxes in ten years.
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