CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Rep. Jacky Rosen launched her campaign for U.S. Senate on Thursday with significant support from fellow Democrats, becoming the first major challenger to enter the 2018 race for Republican Sen. Dean Heller’s seat.
Democrats believe Heller is the most vulnerable Senate Republican up for re-election in 2018. Rosen’s official campaign announcement called him an “enabler” of President Donald Trump.
Heller said last month that he opposes a GOP plan to overhaul federal health laws, but Democrats blast his previous support in rolling back former President Barack Obama’s landmark health law.
Rosen and every other Democrat in Congress have opposed the GOP plan.
Rosen’s announcement was closely followed by endorsements from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Nevada’s two other freshman Democratic congressional members, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Rep. Ruben Kihuen.
Republicans argued Rosen’s support from former Sen. Harry Reid, who picked her for the 2016 race, contradicts her position as a political outsider. “Thought Nevada was free of Harry Reid?” Heller spokesman Tommy Ferraro said. “Think again.”
National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Michael McAdams said, “Nevadans looking for an independent voice will be disappointed to find Jacky Rosen is nothing more than a pawn for Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and radical liberals.”