(Paul Laxalt) – I am pleased to endorse wholeheartedly Brian Sandoval becoming Nevada’s 29th Governor – an office in which I was once honored to serve.
The Laxalt and Sandoval families have known one another since the 1970s. Brian worked as an intern in my U.S. Senate office during the Fall of 1984 when I was chairing President Reagan’s re-election campaign. Even then, one could sense that Brian had great potential.
Since that time, Brian has held a number of important positions – having served in all three branches of government – which provide him with the kind of invaluable experience that will serve him so well in the governor’s office.
As someone who toiled for years with Ron Reagan to make the Republican Party the party of conservatism, I am delighted to see in this country a resurgence of the principles that guided Reagan throughout his remarkable career – principles that Brian Sandoval firmly embraces. Indeed, he has made it clear that reining in government spending – rather than imposing even more taxes on hard-working Nevadans – is the key to turning Nevada’s economy around and placing it on the road to long-term prosperity.
When I was elected Governor of Nevada in 1966, the state was in the midst of a severe economic downturn due in large part to the gaming industry’s inability to attract capital and the federal government’s concerns about some of the industry’s associations with undesirable elements. Well, those problems seemed epic at the time, but the challenges facing Nevada today are unlike any it has faced before.
That is why it is imperative that Nevada elect a governor who has the intelligence, courage, and credibility – not to mention conservative ideology — to meet these challenges forcefully and effectively. That is why Nevada must elect Brian Sandoval.
On a personal level, I know Brian to be an honorable and decent individual — someone Nevadans will point to with pride. I look forward to helping Brian win this critical election.
(Mr. Laxalt is a former United States senator from Nevada)