Magnificent, wonderful, fantastic! These are just some of the words I
could use to describe the final results of the meet-and-greet the
candidates event that took place at the Las Vegas Tribune building
The event took place in the parking lot of the newspaper and not even
the 100-degree temperature stopped anyone from enjoying the party;
almost everyone who is someone in our legal community was there, even
if they don’t particularly care for us.
I have to say that the RadioTribune team did a superb job and I take
my hat off to John Thomas (no relation to Dave), Virginia Palmer,
Shawn Hines, Al Salinas and Hassan Chaudhry; I thank all of them for a
job well done.
Maramis and Fran Dean did a good job too, hosting the event, making
sure that everyone was welcome to our humble castle, and trying to
keep the judges and the candidates happy and well taken care of; the
only non-judicial candidate was sheriff candidate Angel Barboza, who
attended with his wife.
It would not be fair for me to leave out the two guys (not from Italy,
like in the pizzeria commercial) but from Face The Tribune: former Nye
County District Attorney Bob Beckett, and future State Senator Ed
Uehling, both of whom were all over the parking lot shaking hands with
everyone like the politicians they are.
I was very happy to see District Court Judge Carolyn Ellsworth being
part of the Las Vegas Tribune event, and I took the opportunity not
only to invite her to be a guest on Face The Tribune, but to apologize
to her for criticisms I made about her until several people that I
respect and admire set me straight and told me how wrong I was about
the things I wrote about the judge.
I consider myself a fair man and when I make a mistake, I am man
enough to correct the mistake and apologize both privately and
publicly and that is what I did when I was face to face with Judge
Carolyn Ellsworth; and she accepted my offer to be on Face The Tribune
My friend Michael Allan Roots, who is running for District Court Judge
Department 14, honored our organization by being present at our event
and we all thank him for that. I personally want to point out to my
readers that Attorney Roots is running against a Dave Thomas client,
and knowing what that means, we want to make sure that Attorney Roots
is the winner in that race.
Another friend, Nick Perrino, is running against another Dave Thomas
client in Department 20; so again, we need to make sure that he wins
that race. We need to make sure that those judges under the shadow of
Dave Thomas do NOT win in this election because they are not in
control of their rulings — or even their own minds.
For the first time in a very long time I was able to give out business
cards because after I wrote the article about that ungrateful judicial
candidate, Randy Tindall, in which I mentioned that I don’t use
business cards because I feel that I have been in this city long
enough for people to know where to find me, my friend Jimmy Power,
former owner of WOW printing, showed up at my office with enough
business cards to last me until I die.
Tindall may be the only candidate running against a Dave Thomas
candidate that the Las Vegas Tribune will not be helping — his choice
not ours — because when I called him to offer my help, he had the
audacity to tell me that I attacked him on the elevator in the
courthouse, something that never happened.
I may be Cuban, but I’m not mentally retarded. First of all, who in
their right mind would attack an attorney in the courthouse where all
types of law enforcement officers are all over for one reason or
another? He also claims that I wanted to give him my business card and
when he refused it, I forced it into his coat pocket, but I never had
business cards until last Friday, and I normally would not offer it to
men in elevators. And last but not least, he is not my type and
several people have told me that he is very arrogant — and besides,
the only arrogant attorney that I like is my attorney, Chris
Rasmussen, because he and his law partner, Dowon Kang, keep me out of
trouble and out of jail.
This Randy Tindall guy doesn’t realize he lost the opportunity of a
campaigning lifetime because when I support someone for office I give
them 200 percent of my time until they win, especially when they run
against Dave Thomas’ clients, and they notice that I don’t even
mention their names because that is publicity, and I refuse to give
them free publicity.
The illustrious and best-dressed attorney, my friend, Jacob Hafter,
running for District Court Department 22, was at the Las Vegas Tribune
meet the candidates event, and as always, was dressed impeccably,
shaking hands with everyone and proudly talking about his experience
and his knowledge of the law, explaining why he is the best candidate
for that position.
Sheriff candidate Gordon Martines had a previous engagement and was
not able to attend, but he called in to tell us that he would have
liked to have been there and asked how the event was going.
My friend, District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney, came over after
presiding over a high-profile case to share a few minutes with us and
talk about the old days and about her father, the late Joe Delaney —
one of the most respected, well-liked and loved journalists of our
time — and when I got home that night, I wondered if I had met the
judge when she was a little child out with her father, who was my
friend. Judge Delaney is running for reelection, but I don’t see any
danger in that race for her as an incumbent.
One of my favorite political personalities, former Assistant District
Attorney Mike Davidson, now running for Department 3, was present at
the event and seemed to be enjoying it very much, and I saw him
exchanging opinions with Bob Beckett at least twice.
Another favorite of this newspaper, Deputy Attorney General Christine
Guerci-Nyhus, running for District Court Department 8, was accompanied
by her husband, who is her biggest supporter, and both seemed to be
enjoying the party because they stayed for a long time and we were
honored to have them with us.
My neighbor, attorney Eric Roy, was there also with the entire crew of
the Eric Roy Law Office, sharing jokes and laughing with many of the
I know that I have not mentioned everyone of those who were thoughtful
and gracious enough to attend our first political event of the year,
but they know that I had a lot on my mind just attending the event and
keeping my regular duties going; even my dear friend Melodie Nelson,
who was there taking all kinds of pictures noticed that I was
welcoming guests and running back to my office to finish up some copy
for my Friday deadline.
To all, named here or not, I want to offer my most humble and sincere
gratitude for attending the event and I wish all the candidates good
luck on the early voting that starts Saturday. Let’s hope that the
best candidates win.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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.
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