(Citizen Outreach) – The following letter was sent to Nevada Democrat Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford today, requesting a “Dutch treat” dinner with him and the chairs of his caucus similar to the one professional lobbyists can “buy” for $25,000.
August 18, 2010
Hon. Steven Horsford
Nevada Senate Majority Leader
3450 W. Cheyenne Ave., Ste. 100
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
Dear Sen. Horsford,
It has been brought to my attention that in a recent letter to professional lobbyists you declared that “there is no doubt that the Senate Democrats will return with the Majority come 2011” and that you and your colleagues “are committed to tackling the tough challenges facing our state.”
You also stated that you are “concerned about the future of Nevada” and that “working together we can build a better” state that “diversifies our economy strategically, invests in quality education, and allows us to responsibly grow again.”
Wow. I couldn’t agree more.
Like you, many conservatives are concerned about the direction of our state, especially in budget matters and education. Which is why I’d like to take you up on your offer of a private dinner with you and the chairmen of all the standing legislative committees at your earliest convenience.
I will, of course, do my part and bring ten guests to join us for this important dialogue. In fact, I’ve taken the liberty of pre-inviting my guests, all of whom have an interest or expertise in the very issues you have outlined as critical to Nevada’s future. They are:
• Dan Burdish, CEO, Citizen Outreach
• Assemblyman Ed Goedhart, District 36
• Randi Thompson, National Federation of Independent Business
• Janine Hansen, Nevada Eagle Forum
• Eric Odom, Liberty.com
• Mark Ciavola, Right Pride
• Debbie Landis, Action is Brewing
• Adam Stryker, Americans for Progress
• Don Nelson, Nevada LIFE
• Jen Harrington, Americans for New Leadership
Naturally, as all of us work as either volunteers or for non-profit organizations, we’re unable to contribute the $25,000 you’ve requested from professional lobbyists for your Victory 2010 PAC. However, I think you’ll agree that under the circumstances, and with so much at stake for Nevada’s future, going “Dutch treat” will be more than acceptable.
We understand that the schedules of the Senate Majority Leader and his chairmen are pretty packed with important matters of governance, as well as campaigning, so please just give me two or three available dates on your schedule and we’ll make one of them work on our end.
We agree that with an open dialogue between interests of diverse opinion, together we “will be on the road to…moving Nevada forward again” and anxiously await your positive response to our outreach effort in this regard.
President, Citizen Outreach