It appears that Democrat state assembly candidate Meghan Smith has “pulled a Martin.”
As you may recall, a judge ruled in 2012 that Democrat Assembly candidate Andrew Martin did not live in the district he was running for, making him ineligible, by law, to serve in the Legislature. But because we have this separation of powers thingy, the Legislature itself ultimately got to decide whether or not to seat Martin despite the court ruling.
With the acquiescence of GOP Minority Leader Pat Hickey – whose backbone is made up entirely of soggy milk toast – the Democrats seated Martin anyway.
Hey, it’s good ta be da king. Especially when the opposition party is led by a conscientious objector.
Well, with the Martin precedent in place it appears Ms. Smith has decided to run in a district that she, too, wasn’t legally a proper resident of at the time of filing.
“We have credible evidence that leads us to believe Meghan Smith did not live in Assembly District 34 for the legally mandated 30 days before filing to run for the seat,” maintains GOP operative Nick Phillips in a complaint filed with the Nevada Secretary of State.
“We have noticed that it is not possible for Ms. Smith to have actually lived in her new address and within Assembly District 34 by the deadline as she did not actually own that property at that time.”
Smith’s opponent is conservative Republican Victoria Seaman – a proud signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge – which protects Democrats as well Republicans from Sandoval-sponsored/Democrat-backed/Hickey-supported tax hikes.
So, um, we can expect SoS Ross Miller to find some loophole and the proper weasel words to deny the complaint.
And if Smith should nevertheless win in November, you can bet Hickey, regardless of facts, will once again roll over and allow the Democrat to be seated in exchange for a nice widdle tummy wub.