Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 12:30 a.m.
"I'm not goody-two-shoes. I just feel these events are nothing I did wrong."
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on his acceptance of free ringside tickets to three Las Vegas championship boxing matches while he was considering legislation to increase federal regulation of that sport.
It sounds like small potatoes, but the tickets were proffered by the Nevada State Athletic Association, which worried about losing some of its regulatory authority to a federal boxing commission. This is the same Sen. Reid who, along with other Democrats, recently held a press conference to slam Republicans for taking favors from lobbyists. Senate rules discourage members from "repeatedly taking gifts" which may "reflect discredit upon the institution." Alas, that train has well and truly left the D.C. station.
The Associated Press
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