Harry Reid Says He’s Blind in His Right Eye

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Washington, DC

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told Univision he’s effectively “sightless” in his right eye despite over eleven hours of surgery after what he’s claimed was “a brutal exercise injury” he sustained at his home in Nevada.

Politico reported the news on Tuesday.

“They’ve tried. I can’t see out of my right eye,” Reid told Univision’s Jorge Ramos in the interview, which will air Sunday.

In an interview with Univision, Reid said he has undergone 11 hours of surgery to repair the eye, but he’s still unable to see out of it until “something comes along that’ll change it.” He’s having trouble with depth perception, particularly when he uses the stairs, Reid said.

Reid, who has elected to not run again, is also caught up in the scandal surrounding fellow Democrat Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, as speculation has swirled around the true nature of Reid’s injuries.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plays a key role in the corruption indictment of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), handed down by a Newark, New Jersey grand jury. Reid’s involvement centers around efforts by Menendez to intervene with Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius on behalf of his friend and donor Dr. Salomon Melgen in an $8.9 million Medicare billing dispute.


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