Harry Reid to Redskins: Thanks, but no thanks.


Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has declined an invitation from the Washington Redskins to attend a home game until the team chooses to change its "offensive name," according to a copy of a letter first obtained by The Washington Post.

Reid for several months has targeted the Redskins for refusing to change its name, saying that the term is offensive to Native Americans living in his state and nationwide.

His campaign against the team continued last week in a letter to Redskins executive Bruce Allen. In his message, Reid remained defiant, saying that he "will not stand idly by while a professional sports team promotes a racial slur as a team name and disparages the American people. Nor will I consider your invitation to attend a home game until your organization chooses to do the right thing and change its offensive name."

Reid's message was in response to a letter Allen sent to the Senate leader in late May, where he defended the team name and invited Reid to attend a game at FedEx Field in Maryland.

Allen's letter called the team name "respectful" toward Native Americans and was written in response to Reid's decision to join 49 other Democratic senators, who sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to protest the team name.

Read the full letter below or here.

Harry Reid June 12, 2014 letter to the Washington Redskins

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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