Democrats and Republicans familiar with the dynamic said it is unclear how serious the rift between the two men may ultimately be, or whether an aggressive campaign against Reid will further erode relations. While Reid is known for often having a strong temper and a difficulty in controlling his tongue those who know Reid said he is focused on legislating and will look to keep politics out of the chamber as much as possible.
Sen. Reid is focused on governing. We have an enormous opportunity over the next two years to pass meaningful legislation for the people of Nevada and the people of this country. And thats where hes focusing his energy, one Democrat familiar with Reid said.
But one veteran Democrat warned that Reid is not afraid of a fight, saying the Majority Leader aint afraid to whip out the old Searchlight sling blade and cut their nuts off.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.