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In email blast, Harry Reid campaigns for Patrick Murphy



Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, today began campaigning for Patrick Murphy in Florida's contentious U.S. Senate race and is doubling-down on his call for Murphy's Democratic opponent Alan Grayson to drop out.

Murphy and Grayson, both Florida congressmen, are competing in the August Democratic primary, and Reid has essentially endorsed Murphy. His political committee previously donated to Murphy and today Reid had this to say:

"We need strong leaders in the Senate -- middle class champions dedicated to working hard and getting things done. People like Patrick Murphy," Reid wrote in a campaign email sent out by Murphy's team this afternoon.

He added in reference to Grayson: "What we DON'T need is a disgraceful hedge fund manager masquerading as a 'progressive.'"

Grayson has been under fire -- and is the subject of a congressional ethics investigation -- for his management of hedge funds that were previously based in the Cayman Islands.

Reid two weeks ago issued a statement from his Senate office calling on Grayson to end his bid for Marco Rubio's Senate seat. In the Murphy campaign's email blast today, Reid repeated his statement and urged Murphy supporters to sign an online petition calling on Grayson to drop out of the race.

Grayson's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 1:55pm]


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