Before we get started today, I have a couple announcements to make…
First, I will not be seeking an Academy Award for my performance in
“Jenna’s 12th Birthday Party” video this year. Secondly, I
will not be seeking the Miss Congeniality Award in the Miss America
Pageant. And lastly, I will not be seeking a Nobel Peace Prize for
my successful intervention in Kristen and CJ’s dispute over whose
turn it was to empty the dishwasher.
And while we’re on the subject of making announcements that we’re
not seeking that which we are highly unlikely to get…
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R&R-Partners) recently announced he will not
seek the official endorsement of the Nevada Republican Central
Committee for his re-election campaign. Instead, he said committee
members should just look at his record.
But of course, that’s the problem!
Sandoval’s record is completely out of whack with the Republican
Party platform. Raising taxes, expanding government, implementing
ObamaCare and giving driver’s licenses to people in the country
illegally. With a record like that, Sandoval would have as much
chance of getting the party’s official endorsement as Sen. Harry
It also doesn’t help that the Republican-in-Name-Only governor has
not only not helped build the Nevada GOP the way Sen. Reid has the
Democrats; and not only has ignored, stiff-armed and back-slapped the
Central Committee’s grassroots volunteers…he’s actively worked
to cripple and knee-cap the party so his high-paid consultants can
get all the work instead.
Speaking of which, Sandoval’s top handler, Mike Slanker, is up for
Hypocrite of the Year for his performance in a Washington Post
interview in which he said the governor was not seeking the party’s
official endorsement and would instead rely on the primary election
“where all Republicans have a voice.”
Which is laughable since it’s Sandoval himself who brought all this
endorsement stuff on by hand-picking and endorsing a candidate in the
lieutenant governor race over six months ago even though there were
three other clearly viable, clearly qualified and clearly interested
Republicans publicly exploring in the race!
So according to Monsieur Slanker, it’s OK for Sandoval to endorse
candidates rather than let “all Republicans have a voice” but
it’s not OK for GOP Central Committee members – who ARE the voice
of grassroots Republicans, precinct by precinct – to do the same?
This is the first time the Nevada Republican Party has stepped
forward to provide much-needed leadership in the party’s primaries,
and the process still needs some tweaking to do it “right” in the
future. But bravo to Central Committee members for stepping up like
this. Pre-primary endorsements are long overdue.
Now I have to go prepare my request for a Grammy for my shower
performance of “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” I think I’m a
lock this year!