09/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Harry Reid To Las Vegas Review-Journal Ad Director: "I Hope You Go Out Of Business"

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reportedly didn't hold back during a recent engagement with The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Reid (D-NV) told that newspaper's advertising director that, "I hope you go out of business."

Review-Journal publisher Sherman Frederick responded yesterday, calling the senator's words "bully threats," and promised that the Journal-Review, Nevada's largest newspaper, can "damn sure outlast" Sen. Reid.

Frederick points out that Reid's comment was directed to an ad director, with no influence over the newspaper's editorial content.

A search of Review-Journal articles including "Harry Reid" return a couple of recent and unflattering editorials:

"EDITORIAL: Not wild about Harry" is about Reid's poor polling numbers ahead the 2010 election.

"EDITORIAL: Here comes Santa Harry "

Just in time for his 2010 re-election campaign, Sen. Harry Reid has transformed himself from "Dingy Harry," the grumpy, mumbling majority leader, into "Santa Harry," the cheery, grandfatherly lawmaker who brings presents to all the good little governments in Nevada.

The Review-Journal has a circulation of 167,000 and also distributes the separate Las Vegas Sun.