Reid declines to participate in beard-off
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Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThe siren of Baton Rouge Big Republican missteps needed for Democrats to win in November What to watch for in the Senate immigration votes MORE (R-Nev.) says he challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake MORE (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.