Harry Reid’s alma mater is disowning him – for $40,0000.
The Nevada Democrat and Senate majority leader has made his name synonymous with the disastrous government, crony capitalism and dysfunctional democracy of the Obama Era.
But it’s a name Southern Utah University in Cedar City won’t have on its outdoor center anymore after a successful pressure campaign by Beehive State conservatives.
“We had people step up and pledge money towards removing his name,” Cedar City Councilman Paul Cozzens told The Spectrum, a Gannett newspaper in Utah. “In five days I received pledges totaling $40,000 – in just five days.”
The Harry Reid Outdoor Engagement Center was christened in 2011, a year after Reid barely escaped a richly deserved loss of his Senate seat in part by engineering the primary defeat of a Republican candidate who almost certainly would have beaten him.
The idea was to use the prominence of the Senate majority leader’s office to raise money, of course. The actual result? Not one thin dime getting donated to Harry Reid’s alma mater in his name.
“They thought there would substantial donations from Harry Reid’s friends,” SUU President Scott Wyatt said. “But there has never been any money donated for that purpose.”
So there was no upside for the school to have the malicious manipulator’s name attached to its campus. And plenty of downside, as it turned out.
“This is a conservative base in Southern Utah and many people in southern Nevada also feel the same way,” Cozzens told the Spectrum.
“These people in Nevada do not espouse to Reid’s political philosophies, and they told me they would not support the university or send any more of their children there — and this was coming from people who had already sent children to SUU — so long as Harry Reid’s name remained.”
Now, why would that be?
Twitter users have some ideas.
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November can’t come fast enough.
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