Election ’22: An early look at the Nevada playing field

By Chuck Muth
Part two of a series
It’s been a little over a month since I wrote Part I of this series, in which we looked at the upcoming congressional races in Nevada. I’ve been “AWOL” because Jenna and I took a 4-week, cross-country Daddy-Daughter RV road trip.
Wonderful adventure. But I’m back in the saddle again. So here’s a short update on the congressional side before I get to statewide races…
In Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, Republican Noah Malgeri has announced his candidacy, joining April Becker and Mark Robertson.
Also in CD3, Mindy Robinson — who came in a distant third in the GOP primary last year with just 13 percent of the vote — has left the Republican Party and will be helping to re-elect Democrat Rep. Susie Lee by running as a third-party candidate.
What’s interesting about this is Robinson promotes herself a big Donald Trump supporter. However, Trump himself, in a speech at CPAC
last February, specifically and univocally declared: “We are not starting new parties. We have the Republican Party.”
So Robinson is essentially flipping off the former president she supposedly supports. How does that make any sense?
And in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District, Republican Carolina Serrano — a former Trump campaign worker — joined the fray last month
with a very impressive bilingual rollout video.
OK, on to Nevada’s statewide races…
For Governor, Republicans now have North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, Las Vegas Metro Sheriff Joe Lombardo and Reno attorney Joey Gilbert in the ring, with Republican Congressman Mark Amodei still weighing a bid.
Also, Dean “Never Trump” Heller – who couldn’t even hold his U.S. Senate seat as an incumbent in 2018 — is still chattering about jumping in. We can only hope such delusion is a just a bad joke on Nevada Republicans.
Now, I’ve seen a lot of emails and social media posts on various concerns about Lee, Lombardo and Gilbert. But let me point this out…
Democrats, barring an election miracle, will continue to control both houses of the Nevada Legislature next year, especially after they
redraw the district lines. If so, the ONLY way to stop them will be to elect a Republican governor who can and will veto all the bad, socialist bills that will once again ooze out of the legislative chamber in 2023.
So Republican voters need to avoid making perfect the enemy of the good. Or as Confucius say: “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble
without.”
While serious Republicans have yet to officially announce for Lieutenant Governor, it’s widely expected that liberal State Sen. Heidi Gansert is eying that seat. But there are also rumors percolating that pistol-packing conservative firebrand and Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore is weighing a bid.
A Gansert-Fiore philosophical face-off would be epic.
For Attorney General, the GOP choice is going to be attorney Sigal Chattah, who successfully sued Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on his anti-church crackdown during the COVID crisis. I’ve not heard of any viable challenge to Chattah’s nomination.
For Secretary of State, Jim Marchant — who lost his congressional bid last year — is currently the leading GOP contender. Also in the mix is
Sparks City Councilman Kristopher Dahir.
However, serious scuttlebutt says former District Court Judge Richard Scotti intends to jump in this race. And if you’ll remember, Judge Scotti tossed out a DUI case last year because one of the prosecutors, Democrat Melanie Schieble, is also a state senator in violation of the constitutional separation of powers provision. That took major cojones.
Considering the hot-button issues of voting fraud and election integrity won’t be going anywhere soon, Judge Scotti’s legal background would make him clearly the best-qualified candidate for the job if he decides to run.
For State Controller — the person who manages the state’s checkbook — Republican Assemblyman Andy Matthews is the GOP’s go-to guy. His
conservative credentials are unimpeachable and he has the experience, as former president of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, to do the job.
For State Treasurer, I haven’t heard of any strong GOP candidates yet.
But I would point out what happened in the last race for Treasurer in 2018 — a cautious tale that brings me back to Mindy Robinson’s third-party bid in CD3…
In 2018, Democrat Zach Conine defeated Republican Bob Beers by just 6,126 votes. However, over 23,000 votes were cast for a third-party
candidate and another 27,000 for “none of the above.” The rest, as they say, is history.
One final note…
With Lombardo running for governor, two candidates have thus far emerged to replace him as sheriff: Retired Undersheriff Kevin McMahill
and Assemblyman Tom Roberts.
I don’t know much about Mr. McMahill, but I do know this about Roberts: He’s been one of the most liberal Republicans in the Legislature, regularly giving Democrats the GOP vote they need to make horrible bills “bi-partisan.” He’s a RINO’s RINO (Republican in Name Only).
Any conservative mulling a vote for Roberts to replace Sheriff Lombardo should have their head examined.
Next up: A look at Nevada legislative races. Don’t touch that dial!
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Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, publisher of Nevada News & Views and blogs at MuthsTruths.com

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