(Michael Zahara) – Michele Fiore got played just to save the seat of SD09’s Denis Nolan on behalf of RINO Senator Bill Raggio—the quintessential poster child for term-limits who has served in Carson City seemingly since statehood—and in the bloody aftermath of all of the GOP’s supposed big shots sticking their noses into the SD09 and CD01 primaries, sold a once promising woman out only to protect a tired old political hack in Nolan who long ago lost his effectiveness and his party’s affections.
I don’t think Fiore even knows what they did to her and I think she would have beaten Nolan in the primary—so did they—and they wanted her out–plain and simple–with false promises of love, money, and support to be the next Congresswoman from NVCD01.
The Dems tried to pull the same stuff only recently letting all of their AD and SD candidates have a fair shot, but this GOP 11th hour filing nonsense from former Governor Bob List (and a whole slew of others too!) did do damage to a GOP party mechanism that doesn’t have the confidence of the party’s primary faithful; that’s if there’s a party mechanism at all.
There isn’t one.
The outright lies told by a handful of GOP people to a new and gullible Ms Fiore who never had her interests at heart are deplorable. There will be no Congresswoman Michele Fiore because they can’t deliver what they promised to her and they really never meant it anyway!
I don’t believe the Rule 11 letter is very real either given how last minute and half-assed it was handled and delivered up to Reno to copy from the Dr Joe Heck efforts of a few months ago.
I’m serious; they didn’t know how to compose the letter and had to have the Heck letter to copy!
Ms Fiore has 7 other people in her GOP CD01 primary—three who are known to GOP voters either through this year’s efforts or perennial appearance on ballots—Wegner, Lake, and Tatner.
There’s even a guy who married a Net Ukrainian bride; that’s how crowded her primary is today.
If they were really serious about Fiore, wouldn’t this have been done weeks ago and the field thinned out long ago to pave her way?
Having never been politically involved in her party’s activities, Ms Fiore has no idea that they schmoozed her, made her feel important, and she had no party experience to ask them the tough questions or to ferret out their bullshit.
Like where are these poll results showing a GOP woman beating a Shelley Berkley in CD01? Representative Berkley owns Clark County Ms Fiore; what they didn’t tell you is that her troubles are with northern Nevada voters, not CD01 voters.
Ms Fiore, you just don’t know the dynamics between Steve Wynn, Sheldon Adelson, and Shelley Berkley. Yes, all three detest each other but are always kissy-face in public, and had you studied Berkley’s FEC’s over the years, you’d have seen them and all in Gaming pony up for her for good reason: She knows their industry and represents it very well in Washington. She was counsel to Adelson years back and though he really hates her guts and she his, he still ponies up too!
Do you really think that you can break up this Jewish Troika—and I mean that in the very best way—that has benefited both companies’ stockholders over more than a decade? Do you understand that within the Jewish community, they will never let you in, or trust you because you’re not one of them and you have no gravitas that speaks to their companies’ bottom-line?
Of course you don’t, yet you succumbed to their false courtship.
I’ve spoken to all I’ve met in your race Ms Fiore and advised all that if they wanted even a snowball’s chance against Berkley, that they had better come up with positions on Gaming.
To date none have, including you, though it’s the state’s number one industry and they control both parties. Have you even thought about Mining Ms Fiore?
You also have no understanding of Government Affairs offices of any corporation when it comes to donations. It is a truism in both parties that GA’s are reluctant to donate until after a primary for fear of offending a winner they did not back—remember they are donating to benefit their stockholders—if you don’t believe me, ask Dr Joe Heck how tough it is to raise money even with the letter you allegedly possess.
And he’s a doctor, is active duty in the US Army, is tight with Metro etc…and well, you’re not any of those things!
Have you thought about that gigantic campaign kitty Shelley Berkley has and how she knows how to go after millions more, personally? Have you thought how your positions are too far right for your overwhelmingly Democratic district? Have you thought about the GOP numbers Berkley pulls every two years and why that is?
Have you ever seen Berkley’s very warm reception from traditional Republican voters every year at the 4th of July Summerlin parade? That region is the buckle of the GOP in Clark County if you didn’t already know.
Oh, by the way, you’re barred from marching in that parade because they only allow office-holders in.
Are you now seeing how they sold you out with seconds to go before filing closed with enormous lies to both confuse and flatter you Ms Fiore?
Think about this; would corporate Nevada, the very soul of your party, even think twice about flushing her in favor of you?
Consider this rather innocuous but now infamous statement from one of your party’s very best presidents, Calvin Coolidge, who stated ‘The business of America is business’. Mrs Lehrner is also a business person if you didn’t know and she knows how to speak to small businesses and bigger industry in this state.
Do you really think that any credible business person will flush her very powerful seat on the most powerful committee in the US House: Ways and Means? They write the nation’s tax laws Ms Fiore; one never flushes that which is so close to home if you’re a business person no matter how much they may not like them personally.
Are you now seeing how they lied to you just to save Denis Nolan’s sorry ass?
You are running against one of the safest Dem seats in the country; just like Dean Heller’s seat is nearly impossible for a Dem to win, so is CD01 for a Republican.
The Judas’ of the GOP flattered you and it worked and you’ve lost the SD09 office that you had a far better than even chance of winning both the primary and the general. On November 2nd at 7:01PM, you may be sitting all by yourself and none of these people will ever pay you any attention ever again.
Those who conspired against you succeeded in appealing to your narcissism (which we all have in political life) and your sense of self-importance, just to save Denis Nolan’s seat for Bill Raggio—was lead by two entrenched RINOs that your party despises so much, they’ve attempted to recall Raggio recently!
Yes, there is a chance Shelley may have to step down to become the Dem US Senate nominee should Senator Harry Reid need to resign to care for his wife and that will cause a fight at NVDEMS to replace her, but in your party, those same people who flattered and stroked you will place enormous pressure on you to step aside for a far more credible Republican for a shot at the open seat. Think Chip Maxfield, former Sheriff Bill Young, though I think he lives nearby in CD03, Barbara Cegavaske, and a casino executive…basically anyone but you!
Is it at all credible for you to think that the Nevada Resort Association and the American Gaming Association—who Shelley knows each member personally—would cut her loose in favor of you?
Think about how your poor representation deliberately let this happen to you so they could make that much more money off of you if you switched. Have you considered they may have earned a bounty for delivering you and getting you out of Nolan’s way?
You do know that Raggio and Nolan will be the dependable GOP turncoats who will stick Nevada taxpayers with hundreds of millions in new taxes and fees during the 2011 session…don’t you?
You have no idea how hard these CD races are fought, plus, you still have to get out of your primary with 7 others shooting at you every day until June 8th and you’re now being forever attached to the RINO Wing of the Nevada GOP which your primary partisans just hate!
The odds are overwhelmingly against you from the get-go for CD01 where they where on your side for SD09, plus the hardcore GOP party activists will now work very hard against you because of who your RINO patrons are!
Perhaps you’re realizing now what a big mistake you’ve made Ms Fiore; the entire state political apparatus’–in both parties–knew that you made a mistake changing offices the moment you made it!
I was there, I saw you making it!
We all knew what they did to you Ms Fiore, and why. Only you didn’t know!
And the men who did this to you should be ashamed of themselves and you should be ashamed for allowing yourself to be seduced by them and losing the seat you had a much better chance at winning.
You’re a much smarter woman than your recent actions indicate.
Welcome to the open sewer that is Nevada politics Ms Fiore; talk about a baptism by fire!
(Mr. Zahara is a longtime Democrat activist and publisher of the WatchdogWag.com blog)