(Fred Weinberg) – As many of you know, I am the CEO of the company which owns KWNA in Winnemucca and KELY in Ely. We have previously owned a station in Las Vegas and have been involved in Nevada politics for many years.
Ronald Reagan’s eleventh commandment was Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.
I know and respect many of the candidates for the Senatorial nomination and, rather than discuss their weaknesses, I’d like to explain why I feel that Sue Lowden represents not only our best chance to take out Harry Reid, but will then represent OUR interests in the Senate as opposed to the interests of other people who would presume to try and dictate to us from outside the state.
Some year ago, I owned a number of radio stations in Oklahoma.
When Jim Inhofe was elected to the Senate, his house seat became available. There was a large field of good candidates and, after looking at all of them closely, I endorsed Steve Largent. He asked me why.
I told him that there are a lot of distractions thrown at freshman congressmen and senators in Washington and, somehow, those distractions always get in the way of their representing the people who actually elected them.
I figured that a guy who had already been in a stadium with 50,000 people cheering for him and who had already had that no-cut $2.5-million contract (back when that was considered a lot of money) would be less prone to act on those distractions or even listen to the pitches.
It turned out that I was right.
I feel largely the same way about Sue.
She started her career in television news. I’ve been there and done that and I can tell you that it is a great place to get an idea of how the world works if you keep your eyes open. Then, she was smart enough to get out of that business and go into business for herself. I have been there and done that as well.
Nothing shows you the flaws in our system which are created by the United States Senate like being in business. Even George McGovern, after he left the Senate and bought a bed and breakfast said, “Under the guise of protecting us from ourselves, the right and the left are becoming ever more aggressive in regulating behavior.”
Sue is old enough to have had enough life experiences to make those judgments, young enough that she can give us a couple of terms and smart enough to not be particularly attracted to Washington.
You won’t have to worry about scandals, she will vote, for the most part, exactly as you would and, when it comes time to go, she won’t have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, from the job because she knows where home is.
Most importantly, unlike Harry, she won’t become enamored with being California’s third Senator.
Frankly, she also has personal assets which are such that no lobbyist can impress her.
As far as her tenure as the State GOP Chair? Why should she take any blame for attempting to herd cats. If the Nevada Republican Party would stop trying to destroy itself from within, than maybe a state chair could get something done. Until then, Sue is well aware that she will find it necessary to build a campaign organization from the ground up and she is doing just that.