Shawn Mitchell

Any minute now, Harry "Gollum" Reid might march to the Senate microphone and accuse the Koch brothers of hijacking the missing Malaysian airliner. Our worthless media would relay his charges, while looking politely away from the ongoing derangement of the little man from Nevada.

What a real media would do is hold him accountable, discredit him, and bleed his pathetic corpse dry, same as they didn't do when he invented the lie that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for 10 years. But Reid is a powerful Democrat and the guardian of what’s left of Obama’s agenda. So, the unwritten script for Big Hairs and Big Pens is no follow up, no accountability. This guttersnipe of a politician still leads the US Senate and still makes news. And the lapdogs lap up his bile.

The Majority Leader is spearheading a vicious smear campaign against two private citizens, Charles and David Koch, whose sins are this: They are enormously successful businessmen, employing 60,000 well-paid Americans and they generously support political causes and candidates Reid opposes (as well as providing astonishing philanthropic support to things like hospitals and orchestras—David Koch’s last gift of $100 million to a hospital was protested by stooges from labor and the NAACP).

The Kochs are major backers of Americans for Prosperity, a group running powerful ads slamming Democrat Senate candidates with the lies and failures of Obamacare. Reid can’t have that. So, from the floor of the United States Senate, he has taken to regularly slandering and demonizing the Kochs personally. Here are a few highlights:

  • "When you make billions of dollars a year you can be as immoral and dishonest as your money will allow you to be. It's too bad that they're trying to buy America, and it's time that the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers who are about as un-American as anyone I can imagine."
  • ”What is un-American is when shadowy billionaires pour unlimited money into our democracy to rig the system to benefit themselves and the wealthiest one percent. I believe in an America where economic opportunity is open to all. And based on their actions and policies they promote, the Koch brothers seem to believe in an America where the system is rigged to benefit the very wealthy.”
  • “Think about what an America rigged by the Koch brothers would look like. The Koch brothers don't care about creating a strong public education system in America.”
  • He’s said charming things like “Republicans are addicted to Koch” (it’s pronounced “coke”) and he groundlessly accused the Kochs of holding aid to Ukraine hostage to pass new rules protecting them from the IRS.

Shawn Mitchell

Shawn Mitchell was elected to Senate District 23 in the Colorado General Assembly in November of 2004. Shawn is an attorney at private practice in Denver and Adams County.