(Walt Nowosad) – On Friday last, Gov. Brian Sandoval’s campaign put out the following statement that can only be attributed to the governor himself: “I opposed Obamacare from its inception.”
If that is true then one must wonder how it is that we have an insurance exchange here in Nevada. As the say in the south, are you woofin’ me?
That insurance exchange did just magically appear with no human intervention. It came to be because of Governor Sandoval, who is more than willing to go along to get along. And look where we are now with canceled insurance policies. I know of one lady whose policy was cancelled and the replacement will cost her more than she makes in salary.
If the insurance exchange was just one negative thing on the governor’s record we might be inclined to excuse it, but it isn’t.
Let’s go back two legislative sessions, when $620 million in taxes were due to sunset per the provision of the legislation that created them. The Democrat controlled legislature passed a bill to continue those taxes. The governor signed that bill into law.
And in the last session, the legislature and the governor did it again, only this time Sandoval commented that it may happen again in the next session.
Well that’s two things in the negative column for the governor.
And let’s not forget the eagerness with which the governor condemned one of our assemblymen for using an over the top example to make to make a point. I paraphrase the governor’s comment: “The assemblyman’s comments are deeply offensive and have no place in our society.”
But let’s do a “pot and kettle” exercise here. Let’s turn the wayback machine to 2010 when Brian Sandoval was campaigning against then-Governor Jim Gibbons. When asked if the legislature passed a law that said all persons of Jewish descent must wear a yellow star on their outer clothing, would he enforce that law? The answer was a yes. That’s the Pot calling the Kettle black.
And let’s not forget the snub the governor delivered to the Republican Party State Convention in 2010.
As the titular head of the Republican Party one would think that the head would grace the convention with his presence. He did not, which leaves one to wonder if the governor is actually a Republican. Well he does have an “R” after his name. But given his past performance, one can easily fill in the last three letters after the letter R.
This leaves the Republican voter with very narrow choices in a primary in which a candidate is unopposed. We need a conservative Republican to challenge Sandoval this June.
(Mr. Nowosad is a Nevada Republican voter.)