There is no doubt in my mind that election time is one of the worst
times in any community and is also a time when the politicos bring the
worst of them out.
In many cases they do not use their own words, so they don’t really
show off their own mean, poisonous, manipulative dispositions; nor
does their own disturbed, insecure, and unstable mental capacity come
Take for example attorney Nicholas Perrine who is running for judge in
District Court Department 20 against Judge Jerry Tao, who is one of
the protégés of US Senator Harry Reid on the Democrat side and of
police union puppet David Roger on the Republican side.
Someone fed some poop to the ace reporter of the little paper on
Bonanza Road, John L. Smith, and he obediently “reported” the
information as if it were of his own knowledge or as if it came from
good “sources” because he has to protect the good judge.
Judge Jerry Tao is such a good judge that during the last election the
attorney that ran against him almost won with less than a two percent
edge without even campaigning, making public appearances or attending
political events or holding fund-raisings.
This year that same attorney filed again to run against Judge Tao, but
later — inexplicably — withdrew from the race.
Just for the record, and to be on the honest and safe side, I have to
make the disclosure that after Judge Tao lost his race for County
Commissioner a few years back facing some controversy with a few of
his campaign staff, Judge Tao told me, in front of the courthouse,
that if I write his name once more I was going to be sorry.
I was so scared and in such fear for my life that, unintentionally, I
wrote Judge Tao’s name eighteen more times — accidentally, I swear!
Attorney Nicholas Perrine is an attorney and his duty is to give his
clients the best defense available with his knowledge and expertise,
be his client a mob guy, a corrupted politician or a police officer
gone bad, or any other kind of client in trouble for any kind of crime
he/she may have committed or is just being accused of by way of
entrapment or because he is being framed by a corrupted police officer
or a dirty prosecutor.
Another person criticizes a sitting judge because that sitting judge
happens to have a son who has chosen the wrong path and has chosen to
commit criminal acts.
I know the opposing candidate for judge better than I know the judge,
but I do not believe that my friend agrees with the kind of campaign
tactics I refer to as “David Thomas campaign tactics”–that of finding
issues that have nothing to do with the candidate’s performance in his
personal life or on the bench.
No one has been more critical of Judge Donald Mosley than I have, but
when the same mainstream media that kisses the judge’s rear end
criticized him for appearing in court with his son, I congratulated
him for being a father and standing in court with his son, offering
him the moral support that any father offers to his child.
If the father happens to be a well known figure in the community and
is recognized by everyone, it’s not his fault; in fact it is probably
an embarrassment that the good father never wanted to experience,
standing in front of co-workers, maybe friends, that work in the same
field that he does.
I would like to believe that I am a friend of the lady who ran against
Judge George Assad; I supported her and this newspaper endorsed Heidi
Almasi for judge; but, again, when the mainstream media started
connecting Judge Assad to his son’s criminal life, we defended that
father regardless of our political differences because the judge’s son
is an adult and, how far into adulthood can a father be responsible
for his child’s behavior? Or vice versa — how much could a child be
responsible for the parents’ behavior?
We all live in a world made of glass houses, and as the saying goes,
if you live in a glass house, you shouldn’t throw stones.
Every time there is an election I pray for the same thing: that we are
able to run a clean campaign and that the candidates are intelligent
enough to use the money their supporters donate to them in informing
the constituents of their qualities and what changes they can bring to
the office they are running for.
People are getting tired of dirty elections, name-calling, false
attacks and innuendos; they want to know what bright ideas those
running for office can bring to the table.
I have said many times that this election is going to be different and
that the voters are getting not only smarter, but also tired of the
bull that the professional politicians have been feeding them for
People not only start realizing things but also start speaking out and
asking why these career politicians that have never signed a check on
the front spend many times more money than what they will receive in
their low-paying job getting into office; their staff makes three to
four times more money that what their pay-check will be.
The constituents are opening their eyes wider and looking at the
reality with different colored glasses; they want to know why every
one of these people they elect to office has such a hard time letting
the office go after two or three or four terms.
We want to see these offices change occupants every so many years,
regardless at how good the officials are and what a fantastic job they
may be doing.
The world is round and those who are at the bottom today deserve to be
at the top sometime; and those in office need to realize that and step
down some time so someone else can “give back to the community” that
“has been so good” to them and live the American Dream that everyone
The voters start realizing that those who work so hard to keep the
name of their opposition hidden do so because they have nothing bad to
say about that candidate and they don’t want the public to hear what
these new, decent and dedicated Americans have to say; they don’t want
you, the voters, to realize that their opposition is coming in with
new ideas, new plans and a hope for a bright future.
The more these career politicians try to hide the opposing candidate,
the more the people need to learn about that new candidate.
When you hear career politicians referring to their opposition as
“crazy,” or “a nut case,” voters need to pay more attention to what
those career politicians are saying because chances are THEY (the
career politicians) are not playing with all the cards in the deck.
I hope people realize that unions have a created interest in all these
candidates and they are not telling the members of that union and the
community as a whole the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column
appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him
at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at (702) 699-8111.
There is no doubt in my mind that election time is one of the worst