Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office is in jeopardy this year. That means he's spending hours upon hours on fundraising and strategy sessions with Democratic candidates and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, all with an eye toward keeping his party in command.
So why, then, is Reid heading to New Jersey next month to raise money for a House candidate — in a safe Democratic seat, no less?
The Star-Ledger in New Jersey reported that Reid will be a star guest at an Aug. 4 fundraiser for Donald Norcross, a Democratic state senator running for the seat vacated when Rep. Rob Andrews resigned earlier this year. Norcross is expected to win easily. But he isn't your average first-time congressional candidate: Norcross's brother George is South Jersey's major Democratic power broker, a deep-pocketed fundraiser, and a member of the Democratic National Committee.
Reid and elements of his political operation have a long-standing relationship with the Norcrosses, explaining the majority leader's brief midsummer detour from Democrats' all-consuming efforts to keep the Senate this year. "George has stepped up to help Senator Reid a few times over the years, and I think this is reciprocal loyalty," said one source close to the South Jersey Democratic Party apparatus.