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 HellerSenate GOP wary of new tax cut sequel GOP Senate hopefuls race to catch up with Dems Family, friends mourn death of Barbara Bush 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 TrumpIG investigating Comey memos over classified information: report Overnight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on nominations, defense bill | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: report 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 ClintonPaltry wage gains, rising deficits two key tax reform concerns Trump pressed Sessions to fire FBI agents who sent anti-Trump texts: report DNC sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks over alleged election interference 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 ReidDems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination The Memo: Teens rankle the right with gun activism Dems to party: Go on offense with Trump’s alleged affairs 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.