Reid declines to participate in beard-off

Greg Nash

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) says he challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to grow a beard to mark their state’s 150th birthday, but Reid declined to participate.

Heller recounted during a news conference this week that his father grew a beard for the state’s centennial in 1964.

"Anyway, I was speaking to this group and said because my dad did it for the centennial, I'm doing it for the sesquicentennial,” Heller said, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal

"And Harry [Reid] was there," Heller said. "And I challenged Harry to do the same thing. He looked at me [and said] 'No way, not a chance.' " 

The Gazette-Journal said Reid’s office declined to comment.

Heller was already sporting stubble on his face, the report said.

In May, Heller reportedly said he would shave the beard on Nov. 1.

Nevada, which became the 36th state on Oct. 31, 1864, has held events throughout the year to mark the anniversary. 

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