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Harry Reid: Koch Bros. Are ‘Un-American’

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Posted on Feb 26, 2014

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Invoking a term that carries some serious baggage in the annals of U.S. political history, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid labeled conservative corporate power siblings David and Charles Koch “un-American” on Wednesday.

Reid’s grievances stemmed from the Koch brothers’ efforts to thwart Obamacare, according to The Associated Press:

In a pair of appearances on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., became the latest Democrat this election year to denunciate Charles and David Koch — pronounced “Coke.”

The brothers’ representatives said Reid’s attack was “disgraceful” and accused him of attacking people hurt by the 2010 health care law.

Reid’s focus was on television ads that are being used against Democratic congressional candidates, commercials that he said misleadingly criticize the health care law.

“When you make billions of dollars a year you can be as immoral and dishonest as your money will allow you to be,” Reid said. “It’s too bad that they’re trying to buy America, and it’s time that the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers who are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.”

More anti-Koch narratives will reportedly work their way into Democratic campaign messages as the 2014 elections approach.

—Posted by Kasia Anderson

 

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