Dem Senate candidate starts petition to remove Harry Reid as leader

Dem Senate candidate starts petition to remove Harry Reid as leader

South Dakota Democratic Senate contender Rick Weiland is launching a petition calling for the replacement of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as majority leader.

“This is a fight I intend to continue no matter how long it takes,” Weiland said in a statement, “because it is a fight for the new leadership the Congress must have if the larger battle to drive big money out of Congress, and thus open the door to progress for all of America, is to succeed.”

Weiland has made campaign finance reform central to his platform.

His campaign said he sent a letter to other Senate candidates asking them to join his petition and consider ousting Reid.

“I wish you the very best of luck in your campaign, and I look forward, should we each be fortunate enough to succeed in our campaigns, to working with you to bring new leadership to our party, the Senate, and the country at large,” Weiland wrote.

The petition Weiland is circulating calling for new Senate leadership mentioned Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as possible replacements for Reid.

A spokesman for Reid dismissed the petition.

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