Dave Frank
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March 3, 2009
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Congressman: Reid wants railroad from LA to brothel (with video)

A U.S. congressman interviewed by FOX News on Monday expressed outrage at Sen. Harry Reid's support of a railroad that would run from Disneyland to a brothel in Mound House.

Problem is, no such plan exists.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, accused Reid on "America's Newsroom" of supporting a taxpayer-funded "Red Light Express" from Disneyland to the Moonlite Bunny Ranch.

"It's astonishing to me, you know," Franks told FOX News' Megyn Kelly. "At one point, we had the 'bridge to nowhere.' Now we have the train to the Moonlite Bunny Ranch."

FOX News showed pictures of brothel workers during the interview.

"It's a super-railroad, of sorts," Kelly said. "A line that will deliver customers straight from Disney, we kid you not, to the doorstep of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Nevada."

"The bunnies are very happy about this development," she said.

Franks said Carson City voters rejected a tax for the railroad project.

Franks and Kelly might be confusing two of Reid's proposals. The senator wants $475,000 in Congress' 2009 spending bill for the V&T Railway tourist train. The railroad will run 18 miles from Carson City to Virginia City when finished. Carson City voters rejected a tax increase for that project in November.

Reid, the senate majority leader, has also said some of the $8 billion for high-speed trains approved in the economic stimulus bill should go to a train from Southern California to Las Vegas.

Bethany Barker, a representative for Franks, said Tuesday that the congressman doesn't think the Bunny Ranch is in Las Vegas and didn't confuse Reid's spending proposals. Franks' district in northwest Arizona borders Nevada and California.

Barker referred further questions to a statement that criticized $475,000 for the V&T Railway as "an example of waste." The statement calls the railroad the Red Light Express because it runs through Mound House, home to Lyon County's four brothels.

Richard White, A FOX News representative, said Kelly clearly stated there was no earmark for the railroad from Anaheim to Mound House. He declined to comment further.

Jon Summers, a representative for Reid, said the accusations about the railroad were an attempt to "gin up a lot of controversy."

"What Sen. Reid cares about is Nevadans, and I think Nevadans see what is going on here," Summers said.

Kevin Ray, a representative for the state commission building the V&T, said a Los Angeles FOX News affiliate asked him Monday about the Red Light Express. Ray said he was surprised and told a reporter he didn't know anything about it.

- Contact reporter Dave Frank at dfrank@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1212.

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