(Chuck Muth) – There’s not a lot of light between the two leading GOP candidates for Nevada’s U.S. Senate seat issue-wise. Differences are in the margins, such as this one on the gun issue…
Sam Brown has criticized Adam Laxalt over the issue of “red flag” laws, in which a person could be stripped of their gun rights on the suspicion that they might do something without actually doing something. It’s a frightening prospect.
Here’s the truth…
When he was attorney general, Laxalt and his office DID issue a report calling on the Nevada Legislature to “possibly consider” adopting a “red flag” law here. Don’t take my word for it. You can read all about it in this December 12 edition of Muth’s Truths.
So Sam’s not lying.
On the other hand and to be fair, Laxalt has otherwise had a solid record defending gun rights during his term in office, including voicing opposition to “red flag” laws later after that report was issued.
Certainly, Laxalt has to answer for and explain his AG report. But this is NOT something that disqualifies him as a superior alternative to incumbent Democrat Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto-Reid.
When the June primary comes around, the single most important issue will be which candidate Republican voters believe would have the best chance against St. Catherine in November
I’d argue, at this point, that Brown would make the stronger candidate. Far less baggage and his compelling “wounded warrior” story. HOWEVER, at this point Laxalt is running a better campaign.
And I’ve heard from a number of folks that – after months of criticism (much of it here in Muth’s Truths) about Laxalt’s lack of charisma on the campaign trail – he has markedly improved his persona and retail politics.
Still a long way to go. And fourth quarter fundraising reports for year-end 2021 will be instructive when they come out in the next few days.
Brown stunned the Laxalt camp when he reported raising over $1 million in the third quarter, just slightly behind Laxalt’s haul. Flash in the pan…or did he keep the momentum going? We’ll know soon. Stay tuned, Batfans.
Little Caucus that Couldn’t Update
After writing a week ago that the “leaders” of the Republican Assembly Caucus who won’t be returning to the Nevada State Assembly next year should step down and turn the reins over to members who WILL be returning for the 2023 session, they reportedly did just that this week.
However, Minority Leader Robin Titus reportedly hastened to add in a caucus conference call on Monday, it wasn’t because of what I wrote since, as we all know, “nobody reads Chuck Muth.” The timing of the leadership changes was, you know, just a coincidence.
The end result is that moderate caucus leaders Tom Roberts, Jill Tolles, Glen Leavitt and Lisa Krasner have been ousted from their perches. So that’s GREAT news.
Titus, however, is stubbornly holding onto her position. And then it gets worse…
Instead of replacing the outgoing wishy-washy moderates with solid conservative members of the caucus, Titus replaced them with Greg Hafen, Melissa Hardy and Alexis Hansen. She also created a new “Policy Chair” leadership position for Heidi Kasama.
There’s an old saying in politics: “Personnel is policy.”
And while Titus’ voting record in the Assembly has been stellar, her refusal to place movement conservatives in leadership positions is a colossal management failure.
The Little Caucus that Couldn’t could well end up back in the super-minority again in November. If so, you’ll know who to blame.
Details for THIS Saturday’s Campaign Boot Camp
I am SO looking forward to seeing everyone Saturday morning at Campaign Boot Camp. You’re going to learn things about WINNING campaigns that simply aren’t taught ANYWHERE else.
Congratulations on making such a wise decision!
Doors will open at 8:00 am. Program will start promptly at 8:30 and wrap up at 5:00 pm.
The workshop – which I promise will NOT be all work and no fun! – will be held at the Ahern Family of Companies new corporate headquarters (please don’t mind all the remodeling construction still going on) located at…
333 S. Rancho Drive (at Highway 95)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Easiest building access is to park on the third floor (free), cross over the bridge and come into the building through the sliding glass door, take the elevator up to the 5th floor and follow the signs.
Lunch and all training materials/handouts will be provided. So just bring a notepad and a pen.
Masks optional. No vaccine passport required.
See you Saturday!
P.S. There are still a handful of seats available. Click here to register or for more information
P.P.S. My apologies that the Raiders game got scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Don’t forget to set your DVR!
7 Worst Habits of Highly Unelectable People
- Picking the wrong race
- Picking the wrong district
- Picking the wrong issues
- Picking the wrong time
- Picking the wrong consultants
- Picking unnecessary fights with the media
- Picking door-knocking over fundraising
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“Joe Biden: I have hidden five rapid tests in chocolate bars across the country. The winners will receive a full tour of my factory as well as a lifetime supply of chocolate.” – Julia Hava
Mr. Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, publisher of Nevada News & Views and blogs at MuthsTruths.com