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Harry Reid: Mum on stroke, quiet on connections. What else is he hiding?

LAS VEGAS, Nev. / Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proved he was less than forthcoming when he suffered a mini-stroke in 2005–and neglected to notify voters that he was hospitalized for several days.

Now with four weeks to the midterm elections, many who had voted for Reid since his first days in the U.S. Senate in 1987 are worried the Democrat only tells the truth when his political aspirations aren’t threatened.
Kathy Charles, a registered Democrat in Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, told Your Politics News that she threw her support behind Reid’s challenger, Republican Sharron Angle, earlier this year because this economic climate requires new leadership.
“I’d like to know what Harry Reid isn’t telling us,” Charles said. “I thought he was from the party of transparency, of no-nonsense politics. He doesn’t seem to be the same guy anymore.”
Harry Reid, 70, was treated for a transient ischemic attack five years ago, several days before staffers alerted the media of his condition.

“I’m not sure how such a high-profile guy checked in to a busy hospital on an emergency basis and kept his presence secret that long, but he did,” Review-Journal publisher Sherman Frederick wrote in a recent editorial. “But by the time the public knew anything of the senator’s hospitalization, his staff was telling us that Sen. Reid was A-OK, that he suffered no side effects and he would need no further medical follow-up.”

Reid’s critics claim that the delay to publicize his health scare suggests the senator may be hiding much more from his constituents. Your Politics News submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents to obtain details on Reid’s illness, the doctors who treated him, and the length of stay at the hospital.

FOIA requests made by Your Politics News in August revealed Reid’s political connections to a Reno brothel owner as early as 1970. Harry Reid‘s former campaign manager underwent a polygraph earlier this year to claim he acted as the liaison between the young politician and Mustang Ranch owner Joe Conforte.

Your Politics News also discovered that Harry Reid accepted contributions from investment banks while he publicly called for Wall Street reform in the aftermath of the federal bailout. His connections to gaming industry donors have also sparked protest from supporters of Sharron Angle, Reid’s Republican challenger in the upcoming Nov. 2 election.

Kevin Snyder, a political marketing specialist in Carson City, said the incumbent is running out of time to prove that he can be trusted as a federal representative during the country’s tense climate of unemployment and foreclosures.

“Harry Reid has only four weeks left,” Snyder said. “Sharron Angle is now leading Reid in some polls for the first time. His comments as of late and lack of bipartisan effort has really resounded with voters who think he might have too many skeletons in the closet.”

Both CNN/Time and Fox News polls report Angle has a one-point lead over Harry Reid as of Sept. 18.

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