The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) on Monday fired an opening salvo against a Democrat reportedly launching a bid to challenge Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.) in 2018.
The NRCC slammed Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), saying her reported bid for Heller’s seat is “a long-shot.”
“Jacky Rosen would rather make a long-shot bid for statewide office than seek re-election in this seat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE won last year,” NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers said in a statement.
ADVERTISEMENT“Republicans are continuing to actively recruit candidates in this competitive district who we’re confident will flip this seat back to Republican hands in 2018.”
Stiver’s statement comes after a Monday report in Politico cited sources saying Rosen will run for the Senate seat.
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Heller, who is up for re-election in 2018, is considered the most endangered Republican next cycle. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE won Nevada by 2 points in last year’s presidential election.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) in a statement said Rosen’s reported plans to run confirm “to Nevadans the only reason she’s in elected office is to serve her own ambitions.”
“Rosen’s radical liberal stances might please her puppet-master Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid says he’s cancer free White House gets jolt from strong jobs report Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump MORE, but they will leave Nevadans worse off,” spokesman Michael McAdams said, referring to former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
—This report was updated at 10:34 p.m.