Senator leader Harry Reid is back on the Senate floor, a week after surgery to remove a blood clot in his right eye and repair bones in his face. Reid walked without help to the podium, accepted a handshake from the Majority Leader and thanked his colleagues for their well-wishes.
Meanwhile, back in his home state of Nevada, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is looking into possible corruption after an extortion attempt at the state level. Assemblyman Chris Edwards of Las Vegas claims he was asked to change his vote for Assembly speaker in November.
Detectives served a search warrant at the home of Rob Lauer looking for recordings between Edwards and Lauer, and affidavits and other documents that allege unlawful or unethical actions committed by Edwards. Lauer says police confiscated both his cell phone and computer.
Lauer, a veteran’s advocate, applied for an Assembly seat vacated after Assemblyman Wes Duncan took a position in the state attorney general’s office. Lauer wasn’t selected for the post.
Multiple individuals continue to be questioned including Assemblyman Brent Jones, also of Las Vegas, though it isn’t clear if the visit was related to the probe. So far, no one has been arrested or charged with any crimes.
A decorated veteran with 25-years in the U.S. Navy, Edwards was elected to District 19 after the incumbent Cresent Hardy decided to run for Congress, unseating Congressman Stephen Horsford. Edwards is a part of the moderate wing of the state’s GOP.