Las Vegas Mob museum is Exhibit A for GOP leader

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Las Vegas’ proposed mob museum is a subject ripe for ridicule, and the Republicans here have held it up as just that.

Now that work is under way on the economic recovery package of tax breaks and public works projects being developed by President-elect Barack Obama and congressional leaders, lawmakers in both parties are insisting that no money go for earmarks — pet projects in lawmakers’ home districts.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, raised the mob museum as Exhibit A in frivolous spending on a Sunday morning political talk show on ABC.

“We would like, on the spending side, obviously, to avoid funding things like a mob museums or water slides,” McConnell reiterated during a news conference on Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in his own appearance Sunday on “Meet the Press,” insisted there will be no earmarks in the stimulus package.

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