mouth, removed his socks, stuck one foot inside, wriggled around his
toes, rinsed and repeated. But that’s not the reason he should resign
his leadership position.
In a recent radio interview Hickey said the 2014 election cycle holds
out promise for Republicans because “a lot of minorities… will not
turn out.” He then attempted “damage control” in a follow-up
television interview in which he further embarrassed himself and the
Republican Party with a smart-aleck comment about having “a yellow
wife and kids with olive-colored skin.”
“As a black Republican, I find Pat Hickey’s comment disappointing and
sadly out of touch,” said As Niger Innis, president of the Congress of
Racial Equality in North Las Vegas. “Thanks for nothing, Assemblyman.”
Thanks for nothing, indeed.
Understandably, this has Democrats all across the country frothing at
the mouth, claiming Hickey’s comments were racist and an effort to
“suppress” the minority vote. Which is absurd. Hickey’s comments were
neither. They were just stupid.
And they won’t, as Hickey predicted, go away in one or two news
cycles. They’ll return like a bad case of herpes next fall when
Republicans all over the state will have his “minorities” comment
wrapped around their necks. Alas, this “Macaca Moment” is only the
latest and least of his failings.
In the 2012 election cycle, Hickey failed to pick up any net seats for
his caucus despite at least three solid opportunities — including one
in his own Reno back yard where a highly-touted “minority” candidate
ran in the only district with a Republican majority that is currently
represented by a Democrat.
He then went into the 2013 legislative session with absolutely no
agenda whatsoever and refused to contest the seating of a Democrat
assemblyman who had been ruled by a judge to be ineligible for failing
to live in the district where he ran.
Hickey has discouraged candidates from signing the Taxpayer Protection
Pledge while leading his caucus in voting for a second extension of
the $620 million worth of “temporary” taxes, as well for the Kirner
Tax in Washoe County and the misleadingly named More Cops tax in Clark
County. He handed these tax hikes to the Democrats on a silver platter
while not even getting table scraps in return.
And not only did the Minority “Leader” barely utter a peep when
Democrats again killed the “campus carry” bill without even a vote, he
also oversaw the embarrassment of Republicans in his house killing the
“parent trigger” bill; the only worthwhile education reform bill with
a chance this last session.
And there’s plenty more, but space here is limited. If Republicans
keep Pat Hickey in his leadership position, they truly are stuck on
Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public
policy grassroots advocacy organization. He may be reached at