VERY sad news for limited-government conservatives today.
Assemblyman Ed Goedhart (R-Amargosa Valley) announced over the weekend that he not only wasn’t seeking re-election, but is retiring from politics altogether rather than run for state Senate, as had been expected. The Pahrump Valley Times reports that the conservative legislator “is bowing out of politics to run a new farming venture.”
Goedhart did say, however, that he could not support the other announced candidate in the race, former Assembly Minority Leader Pete “Tax My Meat” Goicoechea.
“I will not be able to support him because he had the second most liberal voting record of any Republican in the Assembly and Senate and voted for massive (tax) increases the last election,” Goedhart told the PVT.
“Senate District 19 is the most conservative district in the state,” Goedhart continued. “I think it’d be a shame if we didn’t have a true, conservative, principled candidate who’s not afraid and willing to articulate our core principles and beliefs, including a free market, limited government, fiscally responsible government and transparency.”
We wish Goedhart all the best…but his brand of boat-rocking conservatism in the Legislature will be sorely missed next session. And let’s hope a conservative alternative to Goicoechea emerges before filing opens in March. Hello, Elko?!!