Reid Not Surprised Guinn Not Backing Him

Senator Harry Reid
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Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., says he was surprised to learn Republican Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn won't be endorsing his candidacy for re-election next year.

"I thought he would have called me or something first. I was a little bit surprised to read about it in the paper,"Reid said Tuesday.

Reid confirmed that he has been telling people that Guinn might back his re-election, saying,"Sure, I was thinking that, yeah. I've said it several times."

Following press inquiries last week, Guinn spokesman Greg Bortolin announced the governor wouldn't endorse Reid's bid for a fourth term. Bortolin noted the governor and Reid are in different parties.

Guinn hasn't said whether he would back Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., if Gibbons decides to challenge Reid in next year's U.S. Senate race.

Gibbons was a leading critic of the governor's tax increase proposal this year. Guinn filed the state Supreme Court action that led to a ruling that lawmakers could ignore a two-thirds majority voting requirement on taxes - a constitutional provision Gibbons championed.