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 HellerFive takeaways from ObamaCare repeal’s collapse Dem Senate candidate slams Heller over healthcare vote Trump feud with Alaska senator intensifies 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 TrumpDon’t let Congress throw away our right to health Win with the Mooch: Finally, a man in the White House Trump can trust Trump to hold rally in West Virginia 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 Rodham ClintonSally Yates: Justice system 'may be broken beyond recognition' under Trump Trump event taking place on Crooked Hill Road Trump job approval swings lower 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 ReidConservative Senate candidate calls on GOP to end filibuster Ex-Reid aide: McConnell's 'original sin' was casting ObamaCare as 'partisan, socialist takeover' GOP faces growing demographic nightmare in West 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.