Reid says wife 'doing much better'

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday that his wife, Landra, "is doing much better" in her fight against breast cancer.

Reid, the Senate majority leader, made the remark during his daily Senate floor speech. He provided no further details, and his office said none would be forthcoming.

The senator's office disclosed in September that Landra Reid had been diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer and was receiving treatments including chemotherapy in the Washington area.

The couple, who have been married more than 50 years, remained in the nation's capital over parts of the Christmas holidays as treatments continued.

During his remarks, Reid talked about the solar panel farm that President Barack Obama visited last week in Boulder City and other alternative energy efforts ongoing in Southern Nevada.

With the Senate about to embark on a two-week recess, Reid said he planned next week to visit the electric car company headed by Las Vegas businessman Byron Georgiou.

"As most everyone knows, my wife hasn't been well," Reid said. "I haven't been going out to Nevada as much as I had been over the 30 years I have been here. But I am going out this coming week because she is doing much better."

Georgiou, a wealthy lawyer and entrepreneur, was appointed by Reid in 2009 to be a member of the commission that investigated the causes of the 2008 financial collapse.

They had a falling out -- later patched up -- when Georgiou initiated a campaign for U.S. Senate and declined to step aside for Rep. Shelley Berkley, a Reid ally. Georgiou dropped out in August under continued pressure.

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