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UNLV CR’s a Pain in Titus’ Tuckus

Delen Goldberg of the Las Vegas Sun takes a look at the efforts of UNLV’s College Republicans to keep a light shined on former Congresswoman Dina Titus, who is pulling down a whopping $108,000 a year right now to teach one class a week at UNLV.

In the story, Titus whines: “What disturbs me is I’m not a candidate. I’m not an elected official. I’m a faculty member.”

Oh, puh-lease. She’s a candidate and everyone knows it. She just hasn’t declared yet. Waiting to see how the lines are drawn after redistricting. But in any event, she’s a longtime public figure, and her salary and workload at a publicly-subsidized government-run school is absolutely of public interest even if she isn’t a candidate.

Goldberg’s story also touches on the point that UNLV’s CRs are doing a far better job at taking the fight to the opposition and communicating to the public than the official Nevada GOP, including these Muth’s Truths nuggets:

The College Republicans have been the only voice raising concerns about Titus’ job and salary. Although Ciavola floods in-boxes with emails and mans a campus information booth daily, Clark County and state Republican parties have stayed silent.

But some conservatives say that is more a sign of the party’s dysfunction than any indifference on the topic.

If Ciavola “wasn’t bringing these issues to the forefront, they probably wouldn’t come up,” said Chuck Muth, a Republican operative whose nonprofit group Citizen Outreach named Ciavola one of Nevada’s top 10 conservatives of 2010. “The College Republicans are doing more than the actual official party is.”

That could be a good thing for any Republican who runs against Titus.

“Our team will certainly talk about these issues” in a campaign, Muth said. “That’s politics.”

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