Las Vegas Airport May Get Renamed For Harry Reid As Pat McCarren Gets Cancelled

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Las Vegas airport may go by the name of Harry Reid because Pat McCarren is cancelled.

Gary Leff on February 5, 2021.

Pat McCarran, Democratic senator from Nevada from 1933 to 1954, was the first U.S. senator born in that state and served as chief justice. He was the sponsor of the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938, which established federal regulation of airfares and routes (which lasted until 1978, when the Airline Deregulation Act was passed). In addition to McCarren Airport in Las Vegas, there is McCarren Street in North Vegas and McCarren Boulevard in Reno.

Although a Democrat, he was an opponent of Roosevelt’s New Deal. He was a fan of the Spanish fascists. And he was anti-Communist. He was also one of the founders of modern American immigration law. Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives in Nevada called McCarren’s legacy “racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.”

It may now be canceled because the Las Vegas airport wants to drop his name and put Harry Reid in his place. This was attempted in 2017 and failed, but it looks like it will happen again.

Democratic Senator Pat McCarran was a “racist, anti-Semitic and communist witch hunter,” according to a Nevada historian. https://t.co/8eWHDZzkhZ https://t.co/TO5xzE14HK

– Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 2, 2021

Harry Reid was perhaps best known in his life after the Senate for his beliefs about belief in UFOs. And as Senate Majority Leader, he received the highest rated briefings.

Ultimately, I’m not sure how important this is. Does anyone call Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport? And how many of you know who they were without doing a Google search? A major news channel once called this site “View From The Right Wing,” but I’m not going to call Washington National Airport “Reagan National” (which I loved in Washington long before they renamed the airport after the country’s 40th president).

Do you remember calling Las Vegas McCarran International Airport?

(HT: @crucker)

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