Did the Mob Beat the Crap Out of a US Senator?

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada.


Breitbart News reported that an investigation of the home exercise accident story told by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appears basically "to discredit his version of events surrounding a New Year’s Day incident that left him with gruesome injuries to his eye, face and ribs."

On January 22, three weeks following the accident, Reid told his version of how he obtained his injuries to the assembled Washington DC press: "I know there are a lot of rumors as to what happened, but that’s very simple. My wife and I were in our new home. I was doing exercises that I’ve been doing for many years with those large rubber bands and, uh, one of them broke and spun me around and I crashed into these cabinets and injured my eye."


"It didn't knock me out but it sure hurt. And, uh, I was taken to the hospital, and, uhm, we came back here after a couple of days. I have some bones broken around my eye."

According to Breitbart:
From the moment the story broke, many have been highly skeptical of Reid’s claim his injuries came from a home exercise accident. Most of this skepticism–based mostly on speculation and the gruesome nature of the injuries—led some to offer a version of an alternate theory that somebody beat up Senator Reid.
“It’s pretty obvious from the photographs that somebody beat the bejesus out of the soon-to-be former senator from Nevada. And yet the national media has uncritically swallowed the cover story that ‘exercise equipment’ was to blame for the loss of sight in the former majority leader’s right eye. Baloney,” Michael Walsh wrote at PJ Media.

Even Rush Limbaugh weighed in with skepticism as to Reid’s story:

By the way, does anybody believe that Harry Reid really had an accident with his exercise machine? Does anybody really believe that’s why Harry Reid is still bruised and is still wearing dark glasses, what, months after this accident with his exercise machine? 
I don’t believe for a minute that whatever happened to Harry Reid has anything to do with an exercise machine unless somebody repeatedly threw him intoit. Harry Reid looks like and is acting like — and now with this announcement, behaving like — somebody who may have been beaten up. Nobody… I’ve never seen anybody have an accident with an exercise machine that ends up suffering symptoms much like Harry Reid’s for as long as Harry Reid has. 

Breitbart News noted that its investigation of Reid’s home exercise accident "has uncovered facts that appear to discredit Reid’s version of the home exercise accident for ... very specific reasons."


Reid seems to have lost an eye -- or at least he can't see through it. He also is not
running again for his seat.



PowerLine blog postulated what happened to Reid in a story called: What really happened to Harry Reid?

Their answer is: "he ran afoul of some mobsters."

... Yet the national press has studiously averted its eyes from Reid’s condition, and has refused to investigate the cause of his injuries. To my knowledge, every Washington reporter has at least pretended to believe Reid’s story, and none, as far as I can tell, has inquired further.  
A friend of mine was in Las Vegas a week or two ago. He talked to a number of people there about Reid’s accident, and didn’t find anyone who believed the elastic exercise band story. The common assumption was that the incident resulted, in some fashion, from Reid’s relationship with organized crime. The principal rumor my friend heard was that Reid had promised to obtain some benefit for a group of mobsters. He met with them on New Year’s Day, and broke the bad news that he hadn’t been able to deliver what he promised. When the mobsters complained, Reid (according to the rumor) made a comment that they considered disrespectful, and one of them beat him up. 
Is that what really happened? I have no idea, but it is a more likely story than the elastic exercise band yarn....

So we throw open this question to our audience, some of whom, we are reasonably certain, can offer a rather informed opinion as well as anyone else we can think of.

What the hell happened to Harry Reid?

And is he better off than the poor bastard that former veep Dick Cheney blasted with a shotgun?

We're just kidding with the second question but not the first....

Comments

  1. Ed this has to be a April fools Joke i can.t see Mob guys beating up a US Senator thats Just a little to far fetched for me in this day and age. And Urkel is still walking around no way. Philly

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  2. You think too much of me, Philly. I'm not that clever, as The Turk said. I know it's April Fool's day but this ain't no joke! Happened a ways back. It's been reported but like they say, the media mostly bought the good Senator's story.

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  3. Ed, since you're quoting the Godfather, you should reach out to Harry Reid and task him what Michael asked Carlo....."aaah that little farce you played with my sister, Did you think that could fool a Corleone?" Or in this case "a Scarpo" lol...All kidding aside, it's a long shot, but in this day and age of disorganized crime, anything's possible!

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  4. You obviously know Johnny Joe, he is ace's in my book. PS nice to meet you AJ

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  5. Nice to meet you too hearsay214 you definitely know what your talking about

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  6. Is he as serious as his father

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  7. Beating up a US Senator would bring more heat than distributing ten kilos of aitch ... I don't think the Italians would do it but a motorcycle gang might ... just my opining

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  8. I am afraid to even answer this one. However I do not know about him making offers he could not secure or if he has ties to anyone in the life. What I do know is, he has taken a lot of $$$$$ from lobbyists that lobby for the Pay Day Loan Industry. Which if anyone does not know, they are basically legitimate Shylocks. I had a client who owned one of the largest PDL companies and it happened to be based in Vegas. I remember a conversation we had a few years ago. 5+ LOL


    I had asked him, if he thought the industry would be around for a while. I had read an article about the FTC looking into complaints from suckers who took out these loans. He said they would be fine as long as Harry Reid was in office. Then explained breifly about the lobbyist and Reid. I know my client wasn't in the life, (Not Italian) very legit guy or as legit as you can be and be in that business.


    However we all know, when there is that kind of money floating around, wise guys aren't far behind. We are talking about BIG $$$,$$$,$$$ + Whoever is replacing Harry might not be on board and see's these companies for what they really are Shylocks via the internet. I have no idea as to what happened to him or why. This is actually the 1st I have heard about it. Just my 2 cents be well Ed. DC4

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  9. Neither explanation sounds feasible. He is a lifelong politician, though, so the truth doesn't flow so easily from his mouth. But to meet with gangsters on New Years day (in a back ally?) while being so publicized sounds silly. He gets 100s of thousands of dollars from major corps for political favors. But he does have past that has been forgotten about. He was mayor of LV during the Spilotro days. He is a supporter of Spilotor's old lawyer Oscar Goodman who became mayor himself and Reid was accused by an informant of being on the take back then (Joe Agosto?) Plus, he will finally not run again. I think Reid's explanation itself gives credence to alternate theories. Personally, I think all these politicians deserve to be smacked around.

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  10. I hope he's gonna be ok

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  11. Michael doesn't not have the leadership capabilities or Brains to run the show he is just a street guy with no business and common sense this crew became a joke
    You got little kids running around as captains they can't pay a cable bill

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  12. Thank you my friend, it's a pleasure!

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  13. He's a nice kid, but not even close. Although nowadays nothing shocks me, next they'll make Captain Crunch the boss. It really became a joke.

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  14. He highhandedly ruined Las Vegas, he deserved far worse..........

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  15. Hey Ed, Sissy boy racist Pizza Boy from GBB has started again ranting and bashing you. He's talking all about your writings on Alite. Meanwhile Racist Pizza Boy is in love with the murderer Basciano and the Locasio's. He is a total hypocrite. Always telling how bad the Mob is but, then jumps to defend the Locasios and Basciano. Just try it. That guy is a complete cry baby. A week ago he was threatening to quit. Crying how stupid the threads were, about the trolls. What a cry baby and Siisy boy. He does that on a regular basis to test his fans. It's funny to see how his fans beg him to stay. It's hilarious. Fanboys of the ultimate fanboy. You gotta love it. He thinks he knows it all. If he ever met a real mobster he would crawl into the fetal position. Just read his posts when he started at GBB to see how much he really knows about the Mob and how much of a douche bag he really is. The guy just reads about the mafia and goes on all the other sites and reads everything he can and then spouts it off as personal knowledge and experience. He has never met any real wiseguys. He's a little punk who probably used to get atomic wedgies all day long and had his lunch money taken away from him every day in school. I hope one day the Moderators will ban him since he intimidates the new writers and wants everyone to agree with him. The best posters there are Ivy, Hairy Knuckles and a few others. They don't insult you, they inform you. Ed, you are a rrue journalist and no matter what the douche bag says, I will continue to enjoy your stories because I know they are well researched and vetted.

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  16. First of all I never once mentioned Micheal or the crew and if you have first hand knowledge of little kids running around as captains or that the bronx crew became a joke then enlighten us, my knowledge is more West Side but I do know many of the bronx guys

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  17. AJ sorry replied to wrong post in any case talking about Vinny kids johns Kid all captains but they are kids . They r not men like their fathers, Defillipo or Prisco , DiNapoli or wahoo or real guys who once ran that neighborhood is what I meant

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  18. Manny, No problem my friend and I see what you mean, I apologize if I came off like a dick just caught me at a bad moment.....

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  19. I think he's pissed caused I think I blocked him from commenting on here. He said some bullshit and bada bing, he's bounced off.

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  20. Don't worry about it we all have our moments. It would be interesting to see what happens to the Bronx crew once michael gets out. You also have Patty boy who has flown under the radar for awhile John Jr. Vinny Jr. and Ernie which I think is related to Micahel nose . My opinion this crew fell apart there is no sophistication here it's gotten down to like a street gang . West side although they have been recruiting younger guys the still are the Ivy League in my book ..

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  21. Originally Posted By: dsbaloo
    Ha that's great info pizza.

    I heard it from Ed Scarpo. He's really Italian, 55 years old, originally from Hoffman and 187th, and he's lived in Throggs Neck for the past 27 years. Oh wait, that's me .

    Originally Posted By: dsbaloo
    The fact he moved back to the neighborhood really annoys also.. You ruined peoples lives and then you're going to ccome back to the neighborhood and rub it in?

    Just to clarify, he's not living in Pelham Bay, Throggs Neck or Country Club, where there are still a few heavyweights living. Although he did shoot that ridiculous Youtube video near the Buhre Avenue station, not far from where he stiffed a barber (another poor working guy) for something like 30k. Vinny flipped when he found out, but he was already inside when it happened. Another scumbag move.

    He's probably living on 162nd and Melrose with his rat girlfriend (who broke up Vinny's 25 year marriage), and their ugly mulatto kid, who looks like one of those old zippy the monkey dolls that used to smile and clap its hands.

    If he moves back to any of the neighborhoods that I mentioned, the Feds put him up to it. No ifs, ands or buts. The fact that they're not charging the piece of shit with extorting the Bascianos only tells me that they were a party to it. They were looking to set up the kids with assault and/or conspiracy charges.

    And my hatred for Lieber stems from the fact that he was researching that "book" at the exact same time this attempted shakedown went down. He had to be privy to it. He's no fucking journalist.

    It's like that scene in "Carlito's Way." You ain't a writer no more, Ed. You can't learn it in school, and you can't get a late start. Hopefully, he'll meet the same fate as the Sean Penn character.

    And if you're reading this, Ed. The wiseguys REALLY don't like you. As a rule, journalists are off limits. But you ain't a journalist .

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  22. Originally Posted By: dsbaloo
    Ha that's great info pizza.

    I heard it from Ed Scarpo. He's really Italian, 55 years old, originally from Hoffman and 187th, and he's lived in Throggs Neck for the past 27 years. Oh wait, that's me .

    Originally Posted By: dsbaloo
    The fact he moved back to the neighborhood really annoys also.. You ruined peoples lives and then you're going to ccome back to the neighborhood and rub it in?

    Just to clarify, he's not living in Pelham Bay, Throggs Neck or Country Club, where there are still a few heavyweights living. Although he did shoot that ridiculous Youtube video near the Buhre Avenue station, not far from where he stiffed a barber (another poor working guy) for something like 30k. Vinny flipped when he found out, but he was already inside when it happened. Another scumbag move.

    He's probably living on 162nd and Melrose with his rat girlfriend (who broke up Vinny's 25 year marriage), and their ugly mulatto kid, who looks like one of those old zippy the monkey dolls that used to smile and clap its hands.

    If he moves back to any of the neighborhoods that I mentioned, the Feds put him up to it. No ifs, ands or buts. The fact that they're not charging the piece of shit with extorting the Bascianos only tells me that they were a party to it. They were looking to set up the kids with assault and/or conspiracy charges.

    And my hatred for Lieber stems from the fact that he was researching that "book" at the exact same time this attempted shakedown went down. He had to be privy to it. He's no fucking journalist.

    It's like that scene in "Carlito's Way." You ain't a writer no more, Ed. You can't learn it in school, and you can't get a late start. Hopefully, he'll meet the same fate as the Sean Penn character.

    And if you're reading this, Ed. The wiseguys REALLY don't like you. As a rule, journalists are off limits. But you ain't a journalist .

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  23. hey ed I meant no disrespect enjoy your site just wanted you to see w your own eyes ......but I will say ed you never really let me know about the whole dom c and vinny shakedown attempt ...would really like to get your insight....

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  24. im pretty sure pb knows his shit they not a fanboy just give credit where it's due

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  25. This racist Pizza boy is something else Ed. Now he is poking fun at Cicales wife and son in a racist manner. Don't make fun of someones family you Racist rat Pizza. If you want to call Dominic something go right ahead but not his family, He even gives out the address were they might live. This is Outrageous. What a coward! Rat Pizza you were suspended twice by GangsterBB Moderators for racist remarks and here he goes again. Calling Dominicks child a "mulatto monkey" This is Disgraceful. Ed he is also wishing you the same fate as Sean Penn's character in Carlitos Way. This guy is so full of himself. Check out the John Alite thread. He challenges anyone to test his knowledge of the Bronx and Harlem. This guy is so full of himself. An arrogant prick, self proclaimed know it all Rat. Check out his posts when he started posting on Gangster PB, you can see the transformation of when he started to now posting as if he is an expert. This guy is a sissy punk. He is blaming you for not writing about Cicale attempted shakedown of the BAscianos. Like you knew.

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  26. The guy hsd over 22,000 posts. He probably has no life or family. He's always on GangsterBB at all hours of the day and night, He must have no family life. Looks like he's a very lonely man. I see him possibly living in the basement of his moms house eating twinkies and wacking off to porn. Who has so much time to be on a website all day and night? Wait I know, Losers with no life. I also found out that he's on other forums too. Hey PB, how about spending sometime with your supposed kids and Mrs. Pizza? What a loser get a life.

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  27. Why? Jerry got that entire story from a private investigator, he implies there may be a tape recording and totally did not read the book.... so why do you even care? What this really about? I think it's really about something else.

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  28. I don't read other blogs but I did try to see a few months ago, when you guys mentioned "him", who you were talking about. Is it a woman? It's funny. LCN kind of described what I was thinking about that person. I used to work with a guy that fit the description but he wasn't into mob stuff. One time in the office I had to straighten him out (no, I didn't hit him) by just speaking to him firmly and telling him not to ever raise his voice or speak to me the way he did. He started (literally) crying and apologizing. I got sick to my stomach...and shocked.

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  29. I used to live in Vegas, had many friends. His problems didn't begin with but were accelerated when he sat on the NV Gaming Commission - Ties to Jimmy Fratianno, John Simone (Philly) aka Johnny Keys...long history there and even still. Due to the fact he's on the take but was taking from "business ventures" off limits to him.

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  30. I know you talk to Dom would like to here his take honestly I respect your journalism to the fullest I read this everyday just like to get everyone's perspective on things... no harm intended

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  31. I love it whenever we speak of Pizza Rat boy he goes into totl hiding. Not a peep out of that Finocchio today. He says he never reads your site Ed, but yet he comments on it incessantly. What a garbage pail he is. He must be reading more books or other sites so he can gather material. I bet he's sending Vinny Basciano and Tore Locasio love letters in prison telling them how he defends them. What a jerkoff

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  32. Happy birthday sonny franchese

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  33. I'm gonna go out on a limb here...and say the jerks you're speaking of are in NO WAY "speaking for the Mob". Think about it. It's some jerk who WISHES they were connected. Everything on his is in PRINT. There's footprints galore! There are times when I start to post and then decide not to, and log out. Even I leave a footprint there. Get it?


    It's just some loser! They WISH! Stop spending so much time (even one sentence is too much) on these worms. They're zeros. They are happy to see you comment on them. Delete...move on... ~~RICO

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  34. What about the Zips? They are still active in the Bonnano Family???

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  35. Mikey Nose has little power only guys he has our the bronx faction. That is a mistake that faction has only caused problems for the bonnanos in the past. Its weak thats why they inducted those kids anothny salerno is nephiew guys like that they are not experciened just young guys who are getting there button because they are part of the bronx faction not because they are proven guys. Mikey nose i still see as nothing more than a front tommy was running things well for awhile but since he has gone things have detoriated again most of the bonnanos dont really listen to mikey nose but they are not perfect i mean how did that degernate vinnie asaro get made capo he is a drunk who hated his own kid because he was made capo

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  36. i am not a pizza boy lover or even a member of gangster bb and i can understand eds and yor frusatrtions but i dont get why you keep talking about this guy nearly all the articles i read on here you post about him just forget about it this just causes "beef" i mean come on your on a mafia chatroom i see pizza boy and you mocking each other i dont get why you speak to each other just leave its a chatroom why bother we are hear to read eds posts not argue if you really want beef then do it the old fashioned way on the street not on some website embarrassing really is but i guess this is the 21st centuary

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