Interview with U.S. Senator Harry Reid Just Released
LAS VEGAS (February 2016) – The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has introduced “Reel History: Video Archive,” original video content now available to the public on themobmuseum.org. Today, it debuts an original video, “Facing Down the Mob: Harry Reid’s Years on the Nevada Gaming Commission.” Reel History programs represent part of the Museum’s ongoing commitment to present informative and intriguing programming for the benefit of the community.
Senator Harry Reid, born in Searchlight, Nevada, in 1939, announced his retirement in 2015 after 28 years in the U.S. Senate. He was elected Senate majority leader in 2008 and served in that capacity until 2015.
In the 28-minute-long video, Reid sits down with Michael Green, Ph.D., associate professor of history at UNLV, to share eye-opening insights into his years at the helm of one of Nevada’s most influential government agencies. After years as a criminal lawyer, city attorney, state assemblyman and lieutenant governor, Nevada Governor Mike O’Callaghan, Reid’s mentor for many years, appointed him to the commission where he served as chairman from 1977 to 1981.
Says Reid about his perspective at the time of his appointment, “I thought the words ‘organized crime’ were things…some college professor who didn’t know what the hell he was talking about [wrote about]. That it was long gone—Al Capone was gone—and it no longer existed. But, wow, was I wrong.”
Reid continues to reveal the rude awakening he faced when outgoing Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman Pete Echeverria, a former trial lawyer from Reno, briefed him on what to expect in his new role.
“Be careful,” Reid says Echeverria cautioned him. “This job is tough. There are people outside my house, watching me day and night. They follow me around, waiting for me to make a mistake. They’re bad people.”
Reid says he transitioned quickly from skepticism about these admonitions to firsthand knowledge of the attempts at bribery—and even death threats—he and his family would eventually encounter from alleged mobsters. Indeed, in the late 1970s, Mob crime families from Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Detroit still operated secretly in Las Vegas, stealing proceeds from places such as the Stardust, Aladdin and Tropicana.
Reid’s interview may be viewed in its entirety here. The Museum’s Reel History: Video Archive also contains a 22-minute-long interview with Andrew Jennings, the British reporter whose investigative journalism helped uncover corruption in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Museum featured a display dedicated to the ongoing FIFA scandal in 2015.
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