Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is known for his tart-tongue, having called then-President George W. Bush a "loser" and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an "embarrassment". Now the NV Democrat is on the receiving end of some un-senatorial language.
"Sadly, Harry Reid has again revealed himself to be an idiot," Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), in a statement, blasting Reid's recent comments that Hurricane Sandy last year was more devastating the Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "Both Katrina and Sandy were horribly destructive storms that caused real human misery. And by most any measure, Katrina was our worst natural disaster in history," Vitter said.
"In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused 1,833 deaths and over $108 billion in damage. Hurricane Sandy has caused 131 deaths and $65 billion in damage. These numbers are according to the National Hurricane Center."
Reid said Monday he "misspoke" - but didn't apologize. "In my recent comments criticizing House Republicans for threatening to betray Congress' tradition of providing aid to disaster victims in a timely fashion regardless of region, I simply misspoke," Reid said in a statement.