Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is a career politician but that didn't stop him from becoming a wealthy man by "his willingness to enter political and ethical gray areas to make money" as reported by Adam O'Neal for Real Clear Politics: "Reid has walked a fine line over the years, occasionally breaking rules or engaging in brazenly unseemly behavior during his pursuit of wealth."
Harry Reid long has been dogged by allegations that he was a tool of the Mafia during his former days as Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Reid was called "'Mr. Clean Face' by Kansas City mobster Joe Agosto who had turned federal witness in the FBI's case against the mob skimming of casino dollars," and "Agosto was recorded on FBI tape saying that 'I gotta Clean Face in my pocket'" as reported by John Kass for the Chicago Tribune.
The good senator says he was called "Clean Face" because he was beyond reproach, and state gaming regulators say Agosto's claim otherwise was an untrue boast.
Who ya gonna believe: the mobster or the politician?
FBI agents "working alongside Utah state prosecutors in a wide-ranging corruption investigation have uncovered accusations of wrongdoing" against Raid and fellow senator Mike Lee but last month the Justice Department blocked "their bid to launch a full federal investigation" as reported by John Solomon for The Washington Times.
Crony capitalism and stinkin' politicians: is America a great country or what?!