Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will have an easier time running for reelection in 2016 when he and his wife move out of their longtime home in Searchlight, Nev., the Democratic leader said Monday.
“I’ve got a reelection coming up, and I’ve been through a few elections commuting from Searchlight, and it’s hard,” Reid said in a video posted to his Senate website Monday.
Reid announced the sale of land, including his home, to the Nevada Milling and Mining Co. on Monday. The Associated Press reported that the company bought the house for $1.7 million.
Reid’s mention of his reelection bid stands out because he will be 78 when he’s sworn in for a sixth term, if he runs and wins in 2016. Already this year, he said he plans to run again, but questions surrounding his candidacy persist, especially given the difficult race he had against Sharron Angle in 2010.
The news of the sale marks the end of an era for Reid, who has lived in the town where he was born for the past 25 years. So fond of his hometown is Reid that he regularly speaks about it from the Senate floor. He’s written a history of the town, Searchlight: The Camp That Didn’t Fail, and has even named his leadership PAC after the town of 539 people, 60 miles south of Las Vegas.
Reid delved into extraordinary detail in the video announcing the sale, offering a tour of Searchlight memorabilia, pointing out a photo of the one-story, wood-frame house he grew up in, and demonstrating an antique-looking miner’s tool known as a carbide lamp.
“Even after all these years it still smells like carbide,” he said, unscrewing a piece of the light and holding it to his nose.
He fondly recalled living in a mobile home at one time as well as his boyhood activities.
“It was OK — it was a double-wide,” he said. Later, he added, “I remember I used to count cars…. Why? Something to do.”