Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWeek ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road 'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare MORE's (D-Nev.) Washington address has emerged as an issue in his race against Republican Sharron Angle.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) went up with its first TV ad in Nevada on Tuesday, hitting Reid for living at the Ritz-Carlton in the city's west end.
"You know that I had nothing to do with these unemployment figures," Reid is shown saying.
"To him, it's a figure," the announcer says, "maybe because Harry lives at the Ritz-Carlton while thousands are losing their homes."
The ad, paid for by the NRSC's Independent Expenditure arm, is up statewide on cable and broadcast, according to a spokesman for the NRSC.
The ad's release comes a day after Angle released a TV spot hitting Reid for "living large in the D.C. Ritz-Carlton" and "making a million dollars from a sweetheart land deal."
Reid's personal finances were an issue when the two met in their first and only debate last week. Angle accused him of getting rich on the government payroll.
"You came from Searchlight to the Senate with very little," she said. "Now you're one of the richest men in the U.S. Senate. On behalf of Nevada taxpayers, I'd like to know, we'd like to know, why did you become so wealthy on a government payroll?"
Reid called it a "low blow."
"I think most everyone knows, I was a very successful lawyer. I did a very good job of investing. I've been on a fixed income since I went to Washington," he said.
"I've lived off of what I made in the private sector. I put my five kids through 100 semesters of school and I paid for every penny of it. So her suggestion that I made money being a senator is simply false, and I really am disappointed that she would suggest that," he said.
The Reid camp subsequently accused Angle of "extreme hypocrisy" for "crusading against Social Security and healthcare reform, and yet herself lives off a government pension and enjoys lifetime government-financed healthcare."