It seems like the Hillary Clinton can’t catch a break as she staggers toward the Democratic nomination for president. Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, vowed to fight Clinton and “do whatever I can” to stop her from choosing a Democratic senator from a state by a Republican governor.
“If we have a Republican governor in any of those states, the answer is not only no, but hell no and I would do whatever I can, and I think most of my Democratic colleagues here would say the same thing,” Reid, D-Nev. said on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” Monday. “I would yell and scream to stop that.”
Reid is currently on a mission to bring the Senate back under Democratic control before he retires at the end of his term. If Hillary Clinton picked a senator as her VP and won, the state’s governor would temporarily fill in, giving that seat to the GOP.
Following Reid’s warning, however, would rule out some high-profile names that were considered possible VP picks, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.
Reid brought up the incident with Democratic Texas Sen. Lloyd Bensten, who was appointed Treasury Secretary in 1993. Although Democrat Bob Krueger was appointed as the successor, he lost the runoff to Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison and never regained the state.
“We have never recovered from that,” Reid said. “Had we not gone along with that, we could still have a Democratic senator from Texas.”