(NN&V Staff) – UNLV College Republicans this week launched a website bringing to light issues of integrity concerning former congresswoman Dina Titus’ bid for re-election. The central focus of which relate to her cheating in a televised debate against challenger Dr. Joe Heck, by referring to notes that were prohibited under agreed-upon rules. Following the debate, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that debate organizers confirmed Ms. Titus broke the rules of the debate.
In an article published in today’s Las Vegas City Life, Nevada State Democratic Party Chairman Sam Lieberman threatened the members of the UNLV College Republicans by stating “If I were the young Republicans, I’d not be messing with Dina Titus, who is returning to their turf.”
“Mr. Lieberman is completely out of line by issuing a public threat against students at UNLV, who are bringing a very real issue to light,” stated Mark Ciavola, president of the UNLV College Republicans. “As College Republicans it is our duty to be involved in the political process, and part of that duty is to provoke a discussion about the tactics used by Dina Titus during her campaign given her prominence as a long-standing tenured professor at UNLV.”
The threat comes as part of a larger story detailing the efforts of the UNLV College Republicans to have the matter of Dina Titus’ cheating addressed by UNLV officials including its president, Neal Smatresk. Thus far, UNLV officials, including Smatresk, have declined to comment as they believe they “had nothing to do with the debate.”
“Using the Nevada State Democratic Party to attack us is nothing more than an attempt to politicize this issue, and intimidate students into giving up their right to free speech,” concluded Ciavola.