I was home, enjoying what I had left of a Labor Day Holiday after a half-day in the office all by myself, when my phone rang and a very pleasant voice asked me what my name was, and right away I responded with, “What is yours?”, and he laughed.
I said, “Well, you called my number and asked me what my name is, and I think that I am entitled to know who is talking to me even if the name could be, or may be, fake.”
Anyway, the man at the other end of the line told me that he has written a political article about one of the presidential candidates and he would like to know if I would be interested in another article.
Nosy me, I rushed to ask the man who the candidate is that he wrote about, and after a short pause, he said “Bernie Sanders, and I wr…”
“Wait a minute,” I interrupted him. “Before we keep talking, I have to tell you that I am Cuban and I don’t like Socialists, I don’t even like socialites, but that’s another story. Go ahead, keep talking.”
The man said, “I know he is a Socialist, but he is a good guy and he is getting ahead in the polls in New Hampshire and Idaho, and I think you should listen to who he is and how he can fix some of the problems
the country has.”
I told the man that it may be a matter of opinion, but to send me the article and I will summit it to the managing editor because I believe that the public — the voters, the constituents — needs to know where
every candidate stands so they can make an intelligent choice when they hit the ballots on election day.
I told him that is why I have problems with campaign managers, because they tend to keep their candidates “prisoners” and away from the voters so they can never learn the good and the bad of those
candidates that they handle in their stable.
And then he says to me, “You may have been listening to Laura Ingraham because she spoke about campaign managers on her radio show two Fridays ago — but that is not the case with Bernie Sanders; he is very open and very honest.
Everyone running for office is always “open and honest” until they get elected, and then they forget all the promises, I told “my new best friend”; and then I told him about our RINO governor in Nevada who
promised not to raise taxes if “we the people” re-elected him one more term, and then he enacted the biggest tax in the history of our state!
I also told the man on the telephone that in Nevada we have campaign managers that use every little trick to control the judicial candidates almost by force; we also have campaign managers that want to imitate one particular manager: after she secures her candidate-victims, she becomes like a matron in a prison, controlling her alleged “clients,” and she might succeed if she didn’t have to spend so much time out of town — either in a hospital or in Alaska, spending time with her family and ignoring her duties as an alleged campaign manager.
I told Bernie Sanders’ friend about the candidate I ran into in the county election department, and after I invited her to be on my radio show and she graciously accepted, I asked her who her campaign manager was. She told me that her campaign manager was David Thomas, and I told her that that was a shame because I would love to have her on my show but Thomas would not allow her to do that.
The young judge that I had supported in the previous election and who I believe has done a good job on the bench said to me, ”Rolando, I run my own campaign. David Thomas works for me; I pay him a lot of money and if I tell you that I will be on your radio show, I WILL BE ON YOUR RADIO SHOW. Well, the election is over, and I am still waiting for the
judge to be a guest on my radio show. I have a witness to the entire dialog, since another sitting judge had ridden along with me to file for reelection. I don’t lie.
She didn’t want to realize that two attorney generals, two chief district court judges, the chairman of the county commission, three county commissions, two city councilmen (before their campaign manager
prohibited them to even speak to the Las Vegas Tribune), a city mayor, and of course, my friend former Mayor Oscar Goodman (twice) have all been guests on my radio show.
Oh, by the way, all county commissioners and the chair are Democrats with ideas far from mine and none of them can say that we have treated them in any way disrespectfully or rudely; some of them were even at one time my friends.
City Council Bob Beers and I have been to lunch and spent more than three hours in that lunch speaking about many things, disagreeing in few of them but always respecting each other to the best.
Today, unfortunately, Mr. Beers is not allowed to speak to or communicate with me or with the Las Vegas Tribune because his campaign manager, Lisa Mayo De Riso, ordered him not to talk to this newspaper
or to me. The same is the case with former Mayor Pro Tem, Stavros Anthony, and Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman, to whom we donated one hour a week of air time on our radio station to communicate with her constituents; she also used Lisa Mayo De Riso as her campaign manager.
Republican candidates have become very ungrateful and weak by allowing their campaign manager to order them around, pulling on the leash as they want; as though the candidate were a little puppy.
Assemblywoman Michelle Fiore used nine hours a week of our time FREE while she was running for U.S. Congress, and when she lost, she walked out of the station one day and we never saw her again. No goodbye, and no thank you, nothing; but now that she thinks she is a big person she is paying $500 to another radio station for one hour on Saturdays when people are at the barber shop, beauty shop, dry cleaner, or shoeshine stand, getting ready to go out on the town for the weekend. God Bless them all, and God Bless America.
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 702-272-4634.