Michael McDonald, all that and less
When we founded the Las Vegas Tribune twenty-one years ago, we made
ourselves the promise that we would not let anyone interfere with our
mission, regardless of personal feelings or friendship. We assured
ourselves that our friendship and our loyalty would be to the people
of Nevada, especially to the people of Las Vegas, which is where the
newspaper originated, and while the newspaper was printed, we were
proud to be “the downtown newspaper” during the era of Oscar Goodman
We have never been afraid to go against the waves; we have never been
afraid to be “the other side of the coin” or to be singled out.
When Oscar Goodman announced his candidacy for mayor of Las Vegas, we
threw our support two hundred percent in favor of the so-called “mob
lawyer” and responded to an editorial from the daily newspaper
entitled “Anyone But Oscar” with our own “No One But Oscar” and stayed
loyal to him up to the present day because we believe the former Mayor
Goodman always had the best interest of our city at heart.
When everyone was hiding from Las Vegas Attorney Jackie Glass when she
decided to run against a judge who was the favorite of most of the
local attorneys, we supported her and faced some of the local
attorneys who were disappointed that the Las Vegas Tribune had
endorsed a person who was running against “their friend” but later was
seen sitting with the elected judge at the same table.
We are not two-faced, we are not hypocrites; we stand tall in our
beliefs and defend anyone who has the best interest of our community
at heart or anyone who is being abused or betrayed by injustice or by
abuse of their power.
When everyone was afraid to accept the fact that Sandy Murphy and Rick
Tabish were not guilty of the charges they were facing, we were the
only newspaper that raised its voice to proclaim their innocence;
whether they realized that or not was not our concern, and we were
able to sleep in peace at night.
When everyone among the legal community was kissing Judge Doug Smith’s
rear end we were proud to be “Judge Smith’s public enemy number one”
and we supported the lady who had the courage to put her money where
her principals were, and up to this day we accuse the retired jurist
of being racist, abusing his power and being outright unfair and
Now, years later, there is a young Cuban man who is still behind bars
doing more time than what his crime deserved because of the unjust
mentality of an unfair and arrogant judge named Doug Smith.
We did not start publishing the Las Vegas Tribune to win a popularity
contest; we started this newspaper because we, ourselves, were victims
of a corrupt system that wanted to force some of us to become snitches
for the acting sheriff and, when we refused, despicable dogs like
David Kallas and the late Rod Mathis, Max Huggins Sr., Bobby Hitt and
Mike Bunker, just to mention a few, were sent to attack us, miserably.
We go by what we see and what we know; we have said it many times and
we do not retract our opinion: we believe that Michael McDonald was a
great city councilman; we believe he would be a good mayor, and we
most likely will support him for mayor of Las Vegas. There are many
Las Vegas Tribune articles to attest to our opinion.
We like Michael McDonald personally; his City of Las Vegas Ward One
was the most well-taken-care-of ward in the city of Las Vegas. When we
discovered a piece of garbage was using our newspaper for a personal
vendetta, we threw his writing in the trash and told him he was no
longer welcome in our office. That week we had more telephone calls,
emails and congratulations than ever!
Michael McDonald has the potential to be a political success if he can
be his own person, use his own mind and act on his own, but as long as
he is controlled by some other person or some insecure and dominant
person, he cannot be the leader that we all expect from the Michael
McDonald we all know.
Leaders cannot be manipulated; leaders cannot be caught in indecisive
positions; leaders cannot be caught in lies because the public loses
faith in that leader and the public loses faith in them; and finally,
and most importantly, leaders cannot be isolated from the masses; that
is why we cannot support Michael McDonald for the Nevada GOP
Chairmanship on September 7 in Winnemucca.