McConnell Plays Grand Marshal, Reid Signs Books

Posted May 28, 2008 at 3:26pm

After a tumultuous week before the Memorial Day break, Senate leaders are keeping a low profile during the weeklong recess, reaching out to constituents and party followers.

According to a spokesperson for Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the Senator was circling his home state on a book tour. In May, Reid released his memoir, “The Good Fight,” which chronicles his early struggles in life and his rise to power on Capitol Hill.

Reid has also been campaigning for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. An aide said Reid signed books for fans in Las Vegas and then moved on to a fundraiser in California.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), on the other hand, has done no campaigning for his Republicans colleagues. Aides to the GOP leader said McConnell has been meeting and greeting constituents in his home state of Kentucky. The Republican, for instance, served as the grand marshal in the Bell County Memorial Day parade.

McConnell is facing a spirited re-election challenge this year from wealthy health care executive Bruce Lunsford. On Wednesday, McConnell’s campaign released a poll showing him leading Lunsford by 11 points, 50 percent to 39 percent.