GOP fires opening attack on Dem reportedly running for Heller's Senate seat

GOP fires opening attack on Dem reportedly running for Heller's Senate seat
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The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) on Monday fired an opening salvo against a Democrat reportedly launching a bid to challenge Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerHeller campaign slams GOP rival over six-figure nonprofit salary Juan Williams: Help Trump climb down from the wall GOP Senate candidate fundraising lags behind Dems in key races MORE (R-Nev.) in 2018.

The NRCC slammed Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), saying her reported bid for Heller’s seat is “a long-shot.”

“Jacky Rosen would rather make a long-shot bid for statewide office than seek re-election in this seat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE won last year,” NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers said in a statement.

“Republicans are continuing to actively recruit candidates in this competitive district who we’re confident will flip this seat back to Republican hands in 2018.”

Stiver’s statement comes after a Monday report in Politico cited sources saying Rosen will run for the Senate seat.

Heller, who is up for re-election in 2018, is considered the most endangered Republican next cycle. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump touts report Warner attempted to talk to dossier author Poll: Nearly half of Iowans wouldn’t vote for Trump in 2020 Rubio on Warner contact with Russian lobbyist: It’s ‘had zero impact on our work’ MORE won Nevada by 2 points in last year's presidential election.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) in a statement said Rosen’s reported plans to run confirm “to Nevadans the only reason she’s in elected office is to serve her own ambitions.”

“Rosen’s radical liberal stances might please her puppet-master Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTo end sugar subsidies, conservatives can't launch a frontal attack House presses Senate GOP on filibuster reform A pro-science approach to Yucca Mountain appropriations MORE, but they will leave Nevadans worse off,” spokesman Michael McAdams said, referring to former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).


--This report was updated at 10:34 p.m.