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Published:November 2nd, 2010 15:32 EST
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Dirty Tricks: Harrah's Bosses Urge Employees To Vote In Pro-Harry Reid Effort

By Robert Paul Reyes

 

"Executives at the casino giant Harrah`s pushed company employees to vote early in an all-out effort to help the Harry Reid campaign, according to internal emails obtained by Battle `10.

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The stepped-up effort began Wednesday when a Reid staffer sent an email pleading for help to Harrah`s top lobbyist, Jan Jones. Soon after, Marybel Batjer, Harrah`s vice president of public policy and communications, distributed that plea via email to executives throughout the company.

The Reid campaign staffer, whose name was removed in the email Batjer sent to Harrah`s executives, said `ANYTHING` would be done to help with the company`s get out the vote effort. The staffer cited the fact that 1,100 MGM employees had already voted and indicated dissatisfaction with the turnout from Harrah`s.

She even issued an express endorsement. `Waking up to the defeat of Harry Reid Nov. 3 will be devastating for our industry`s future,` Batjer wrote." Read More

It`s imperative that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid be re-elected; his experience and authority in the Senate is vital to pushing through Obama`s progressive agenda.

But the end doesn`t justify the means, and Reid`s coercive tactics are plain wrong. An employer shouldn`t intimidate or coerce his employees into voting.

If Reid wins his hotly contested election because Harrah`s intimidated their employees into voting, it will be a dubious victory for Reid and a defeat for the democratic process.

I urge everyone to vote today, not due to your supervisor`s urging, but because it`s your patriotic duty.

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