(Chuck Muth) – Yep, I’ve fallen off the wagon…again.
OK, here’s The Golden Rule in politics: “He who has the gold, makes the rules.”
The problem, especially in Nevada, is that the lobbyists, big corporations and the GOP “establishment” power-brokers have the gold. And they regularly use it to beat conservatives in primaries and nominate wishy-washy moderates.
They did it again last month in a number of local and legislative races. And they’re already out there trying to crush the few solid conservatives who won their primaries in the general election…
Just as they did in 2010 when they rallied support for Democrat Sen. Harry Reid over Republican Sharron Angle.
Indeed, a number of these “Harry Reid Republicans” have already announced they’re supporting Democrat candidates against conservative Republicans in the November general election. Shameful.
One such Reid Republican is disgraced former State Sen. Michael “Tax Hike Mike” Roberson, who teamed up with Democrats to shove former RINO Gov. Brian Sandoval’s largest tax hike in Nevada history through the Senate in 2015 when he was Majority Leader.
Tax Hike Mike then decided he wanted to take his tax-hiking show to Washington, DC. He got crushed in the 2016 primary for Congress by Danny Tarkanian, who Roberson accused of “corruption, fraud (and) telemarketing schemes.”
Unable to take a hint, Roberson then decided he wanted to be lieutenant governor in 2018. He got swamped in the general election by Democrat “Calamity” Kate Marshall – who shortly thereafter abandoned the office to go carry water for Joe Biden in DC.
Not only was Tax Hike Mike’s LG loss another embarrassing failure, but many, including me, believe his spot on the ballot as GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt’s running mate helped cost Laxalt the election against Democrat Steve Sisolak.
Thwarted as the political leper he is to Nevada Republicans, Tax Hike Mike then went on to become a lobbyist for the teachers union. A snake is a snake is a snake.
Anyway, back to the Roberson-Sandoval largest tax hike in state history…
Voting with Roberson for that $1 BILLION+ tax hike was then-senator, and now attorney general, A.Ron Ford. And guess who Roberson has now endorsed in this year’s AG race?
Yep…Ford. Over Republican challenger Sigal Chattah (disclaimer: a former client), who has proudly signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
Joining Tax Hike Mike in backing Ford over Chattah is a dirty dozen gaggle of “Republicans for Ford,” including a leader of the slip-and-spill ambulance-chasers association, that goofball Trump-hatin’ lawyer Jason Guinasso (be careful how you spell that last name; if you end it with “hole” rather than “o” you’ll be factually correct but technically inaccurate) and a half-dozen lobbyists from the Carson City swamp.
And to further demonstrate just how cozy things are in the Carson City swamp/hot tub, consider the fact that Roberson’s former top campaign adviser, Mike Slanker, was the campaign manager for Chattah’s last-minute primary opponent, Tisha Black, who Chattah thumped by 11 points in the race.
And what makes this obvious back-scratching even worse is the fact that Chattah had originally hired Slanker for her AG race before dropping him last fall. For a political consultant to recruit and manage a challenger to a former client in the same election cycle might not be illegal, but it stinks like yesterday’s diapers.
Follow the money. It’s all about the Benjamins.
In the June 14 GOP primary, 86,711 Nevada Republicans voted for Chattah. But we’re supposed to worry about a wad of 13 turncoat Harry Reid Republicans who formed this “Republicans for Ford” troupe?
I don’t think so.
They oughta hang from a crane.
SAVE THE DATE
Wednesday, January 4, 2023. That’ll be the night of Citizen Outreach Foundation’s “Conservative of the Year” awards dinner in Las Vegas. This will be unlike any event we’ve ever done. You WON’T want to miss it. Details soon.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“I am not standing in the room with her. I will not endeavor to have a conversation with her and I will certainly not be debating her.” – Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford chickening out of any debates with his GOP opponent, Sigal Chattah
“Nothing destroys a campaign like excessive reliance on consultants.” – Former Rep. Justin Amash
“If I were governor, the small businesses I’d tour would all be bookstores, breweries, cigar bars, steakhouses and stationery boutiques.” – Las Vegas Review-Journal editor Steve Sebelius
Mr. Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, publisher of Nevada News & Views and blogs at MuthsTruths.com. His views are his own.