Harry Reid, (don’t) call your office

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor
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When someone has a day like Harry Reid had yesterday, some snarky reporter usually Tweets: “Call your office.” The trouble is, if Harry Reid called his office, he would likely get a busy signal.

That’s according to the Reno Gazette:

“Nevadans who want to tell U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., they’re angry about his handling of the shutdown or proud of him for not yielding don’t have many options.


“Reid’s Senate website, www.reid.senate.gov, dropped a feature where Nevadans or those with Nevada ties could email him, stating ‘We are unable to receive messages at this time due to the government shutdown.’


“None of his offices’ public phone numbers were taking calls around noon Wednesday Calling his Las Vegas number and Washington, D.C., numbers lead to a message that indicates no calls can be taken or messages left because of the shutdown. His Reno office’s phone number rang continuously, and his Carson City office bounced to a (not surprisingly) full voicemail box.”

So this should be expected, right? I mean, there is a government shutdown. So all the Senate offices are closed to their constituents, right? Umm:

“U.S. Sen. Dean Heller’s office, however, was staffing its phones – with Heller himself.


“A call to the Washington, D.C., office shortly after noon Wednesday was answered by Heller, R-Nev., who has been taking turns with his staffers answering phones.


“‘You caught me at my time,’ Heller said.”

Harry Reid, call your colleagues’ office?