Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning called Harry Reid an “idiot” during a lunch meeting with other Republican senators this week — the latest sign that the Senate majority leader is getting under the skin of his GOP counterparts.
Bunning’s harsh words — confirmed by several people in the room — came in the midst of Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander’s presentation about Reid’s handling of the Senate floor. Bunning rose from his seat and, speaking loudly, read fundraising data that singled out Reid and other Senate Democrats for taking more money from Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms than Republicans had.
After Bunning called Reid an “idiot,” another voice yelled out: “He is acting like an idiot.”
Asked to comment on the attack by Bunning, a former Major League Baseball pitcher, Reid spokesman Jim Manley said, “I’m not going to get into a war of words with a guy whose one of his claims to fame is throwing high, hard fastballs at opponents’ heads.”
Bunning’s office did not respond to requests seeking comment.