Right in the middle of the early voting process and within days of the April 2 primary election, a desperately incumbent Las Vegas City Council in Ward 6, Steve Ross, distributed flyers full of inconsistencies and lies against the one challenger that could take him out of office, Suzette La Grange.
Immediately, as soon as the flyers hit the streets with the hate mail, La Grange met with attorney Daniel Stewart and prepared a Cease and Desist notice that was hand-delivered to Councilman Ross.
In a press release that was sent to the local media as well as other members of the community and residents in Ward 6, Ms. La Grange’s campaign manager, Cory Christensen, made the following statement:
“It is bad enough that the citizens in Ward 6 have been missing their representative in the City Council as Steve Ross has been trying to play Mayor; now, in a desperate smear campaign, he is outright and knowingly lying to the people who elected him.”
LaGrange, who has spent the last 18 years working to bring new businesses to the Las Vegas area, says this kind of behavior is exactly why she chose to run against Ross. LaGrange is calling the mail piece a “desperate and dishonest campaign tactic.”
“As a member of this community, I believe it is a time for a change in the way our government is run, which means changing who is running it,” LaGrange explained. “I have made a firm commitment to put the development and success of Ward 6 first, and would never allow my own political aspirations to trump my duty to be honest,” an obviously upset La Grange told the Las Vegas Tribune before she walked into a meeting on Tuesday morning.
In the Cease and Desist notice, which was delivered to Ross on Friday afternoon, Attorney Stewart numbered several of the false statements made by Ross in the flyer among them, and we quote because it is important that the constituents in Ward 6 know what kind of person is representing them.
“They are all lies and people in Ward 6 should be aware of that,” said Cory Christensen, who took the time to explain all the inconsistencies one by one in a telephone conversation with the Las Vegas Tribune.
1) First accusation by Ross: Suzette was a lobbyist for NAIOP when NAIOP presented a plan to the legislature to allow for toll roads on US95.
Truth: Suzette has never been a paid lobbyist. She does volunteer as a member of NAIOP. There are many committees within NAIOP, and in 2009 when this plan was presented, Suzette was on the membership committee and had absolutely no involvement in NAIOP’s government affairs committee.
2) Accusation: Suzette was a Toll Road lobbyist
Truth: Same as above with the added comment that in 2010 Suzette joined the Government Affairs committee for NAIOP. This is an unpaid, volunteer position, not one of a lobbyist. NAIOP does in fact hire a paid lobbying firm to represent their interests. Suzette has never been paid in any form for her work to promote her industry. NAIOP has not ever proposed toll roads for US95 while Suzette has been on the Government Affairs committee.
3) Accusation: Suzette LaGrange’s Plan to charge drivers a fee to travel on US-95
Truth: Suzette has never had any toll/fee plan at all.
It is important for voters to know that Suzette has never led any lobbying group.
And Since Suzette has never proposed any form of fee/toll for travel on US-95, there has never been a “LaGrange Toll.”