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Congressman Joe Heck is running for U.S. Senate in Nevada. Harry Reid's retirement has led to a wide open race and it is crucial that a conservative wins.

From The Las Vegas Review Journal:

U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., on Monday became the leading GOP candidate in the 2016 race to succeed retiring Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

And while Reid won’t be on the ballot, Heck’s official announcement made it clear the former majority leader of the U.S. Senate and a force in Nevada politics for decades is still the man to beat.

“As you know, Harry Reid is one of the most formidable campaigners and fundraisers, so you know his hand-picked successor is going to be well-funded,” Heck said in an email formally announcing his long-expected candidacy. “How do we beat him? By working together, and by coming out of the gate strong. I hope you’ll be one of the very first members of my senate campaign team, with a strong contribution of $500, $150, $50 or even $5.”

 

Congressman Joe Heck is running for U.S. Senate in Nevada. Harry Reid's retirement has led to a wide open race and it is crucial that a conservative wins.

From The Las Vegas Review Journal:

U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., on Monday became the leading GOP candidate in the 2016 race to succeed retiring Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

And while Reid won’t be on the ballot, Heck’s official announcement made it clear the former majority leader of the U.S. Senate and a force in Nevada politics for decades is still the man to beat.

“As you know, Harry Reid is one of the most formidable campaigners and fundraisers, so you know his hand-picked successor is going to be well-funded,” Heck said in an email formally announcing his long-expected candidacy. “How do we beat him? By working together, and by coming out of the gate strong. I hope you’ll be one of the very first members of my senate campaign team, with a strong contribution of $500, $150, $50 or even $5.”

For the record, Reid’s choice for the job is Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, a former Nevada attorney general.

The Nevada race is viewed among the top battlegrounds for control of the Senate in the 2016 elections. Republicans are defending 24 of 34 seats being put before voters and they see Nevada and perhaps Colorado as their best places to pick up seats held by Democrats.

Masto reacted to Heck’s announcement by declaring an emergency and warning that the “attacks are on their way.”

“Everyone is texting me all at once: Congressman Heck just announced he’s running for Senate,” Masto wrote in a mass email on Monday morning. “I’m heading into an emergency finance meeting now, but I know what the team will say: We need everyone – that means you – to give $5 or more right this second.”

Heck, 53, showed little interest initially in running for the Senate. But he was lobbied heavily by national Republicans after Gov. Brian Sandoval made clear he would not run.

“Whether it’s serving over 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, working the nightshift as an ER doctor or fighting for Nevadans in Washington, I am proud to have spent my life helping others,” Heck said in a prepared statement. “Looking forward, I remain passionate about passing legislation that will create good paying jobs in Nevada, improving our schools, increasing access to affordable healthcare, helping our veterans and fighting human trafficking. That’s why I am running for the U.S. Senate and I humbly ask for your support.”

Heck heads subcommittees of the House Armed Services and Intelligence committees and also sits on the Education and Workforce Committee.

A physician and a brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve, Heck has been called to active military duty three times, including a 2008 deployment to Iraq, where he ran an emergency room in a combat hospital at the Al Asad Airbase west of Baghdad.

Heck told reporters Monday that to counter the threat from terrorist group ISIS, the U.S. needs special forces to provide command and control and help the Iraqi units, and forward air controllers to pinpoint air strikes. The U.S. help needs to be specialized, not a large combat force there, he said.

“You could almost rewind this to say well what would we have done to prevent ISIS from ever coming about and that would have been not withdrawing from Iraq and creating the vacuum that allowed them to flourish — hindsight,” Heck said. “Going forward you need a definite strategy.”

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