WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continued his verbal attacks on the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, saying in his latest anti-Koch comments that Republican senators should wear Nascar-like logos showing they received money from the duo.
Speaking on the Senate floor on Monday, Reid, D-Nev., ridiculed GOP senators for backing the conservative fundraisers rather than their citizen constituents. Reid proposed tagging Republican politicians who receive finances from the leaders of Koch Industries.
“NASCAR fans can easily find their favorite drivers by simply looking at the cars as they fly by, because there are corporate emblems on the hood of the car, in fact they’re all over the car,” Reid said. “For our clothing here in the Senate, we don’t bear any commercial logos. Many Republicans might as well wear Koch Industries insignias.”
“But as members of the United States Senate there should never be any doubt as to our sponsor: the American people. We’re here in the Senate for one reason, to give Americans a fair shot at providing for their families and having their voices heard.
“But Republicans seem more willing to identify themselves with their billionaire sponsors. While they don’t wear Koch Industries ties and jackets, they display their sponsors proudly through their actions here in the United States Senate.”
Reid’s Twitter account then posted a graphic of what a Koch Industries-sponsored suit might look like on a member of the senate.
The Nevada Democrat’s comments come as Senate Republicans defended Charles and David Koch, notably, Sen. Jerry Moran’s reading of a Charles Koch op-ed in The Wall Street Journal last week. Koch wrote that his critics were “collectivists” who rely on “character assassination” rather than welcoming free debate on issues.
“Collectivists … is that a new right-wing buzzword for communist?” responded Reid, who recently labeled the Kochs’ “radical” and “un-American.”
Koch Industries is the second-largest privately owned company in the United States, and the brothers are as widely known for their Republican campaign support as they are in a wide variety of philanthropic donations.
— Benjamin Fearnow