Liberal Groups' Attack Ads on Moderate Dems Not Helpful: Reid

MoveOn should back off, majority leader says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2009 12:05 PM CDT
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, left, shares a laugh with senators, from second from left, Judd Gregg, R-NH, John Barrasso R-Wyo., and Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Wednesday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says left-wing groups shouldn’t run ads pressuring moderate Democrats into backing President Obama’s budget, Politico reports. “I think it’s very unwise and not helpful,” Reid said today of the efforts by and Americans United for Change to convert moderate Dems. “These groups should leave them alone. It’s not helpful to me. It’s not helpful to the Democratic Caucus.”

The ads’ targets include a group of 16 Democratic Senators who have been meeting to consolidate political capital. Reid stressed that all shades of political persuasion had a place in Congress: “I’m not one who is going to be driven by people on the extremes, saying it’s only my way or no way,” Reid said. “That’s not the way legislation works.”