Vegas Tribune because he was never on the newspaper’s radar and maybe
he had not done anything to get the attention of any of the news
reporters that have passed through these doors in all the years the
newspaper has existed.
However, when the newspaper learned that he was running against a
David Thomas client, the newsroom made an effort to contact the
unknown attorney and to help him in his effort to become a judge,
replacing the newspaper’s favorite candidate because of the
incumbent’s connection to David Thomas.
After several unsuccessful efforts to contact the unknown attorney, he
finally answered the phone and told the caller that he did not want to
call back because he was mistreated in the courthouse elevator when
someone from the Las Vegas Tribune tried to give him a business card
he did not want and the person in question forced the business card
into his coat pocket, ripping off his coat.
The unknown attorney did not want to elaborate any more than that and
rudely terminated the conversation, hanging up the phone without
The rude attorney may not be as familiar with the Las Vegas Tribune as
he thinks he is because this reporter has covered the courthouse on a
regular basis for many years and does not use business cards; so
whoever was giving him that business card must have been an impostor —
but we will never know who it was because of the attorney’s
However, that telephone conversation that took place last week opened
the eyes of many in the newsroom of the Las Vegas Tribune and has made
us take a second look at that race in Department 32 of District Court.
David Rifkin, a retired attorney and Vice President of Tribune Media
Group visiting Las Vegas from Michigan, stated that if the unknown
attorney is not intelligent enough to take advantage of free help from
a newspaper, regardless of how small or how large the newspaper may
be, in a race against an incumbent, he should not be looked at as a
positive candidate for the bench.
David Thomas may have been a little powerful at one time, but the
crying baby article against him by the unknown attorney, Randy
Tindall, may have some of his clients running for cover because
strong-armed political consultants in judicial races have the same
effect as using racial comments in public; but the incumbent in this
race should not have to pay the consequences of having a possible
corrupted campaign manager.
The union’s endorsements that Thomas uses as promises and lures to
promote his potential “victims” might not be as accessible to him if
they had the common sense to give it some real thought; the public
should be informed of the names of Thomas’ candidates so they can
remember those names on Election Day.
The Las Vegas Tribune has always contended that candidates that cannot
control their campaign managers should not be elected. The newspaper
is looking at a similar situation in the Sheriff race right now,
despite the fact that the individual is a well-liked candidate with
lots of good ideas for the future of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police