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Nevadans Protest at Adam Laxalt’s Campaign Kickoff in Las Vegas

At Brady Industries headquarters in Las Vegas, Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) formally launched his campaign for Governor. Yet, before Laxalt himself could announce it publicly, his campaign was already making news by denying entry to various Nevadans. At the same time, people who were already protesting outside wanted to make sure those fortunate few who got to go inside the event remember what Laxalt has done for Nevada thus far.

“[Adam Laxalt] has a record of extremism, incompetence, and unethical behavior.”
– Martin Fitzgerald, For Nevada’s Future

Against a backdrop of a controlled audience inside and a loud protest outside, Adam Laxalt went ahead with the next step in his political career: running for Governor in 2018. Inside the Brady Industries building, Laxalt not only positioned himself against Democrats, but also against his fellow Republican Sandoval on issues like tax reform and immigrant civil rights.

Photo by Andrew Davey

Outside Laxalt’s event, For Nevada’s Future’s Martin Fitzgerald pointed to his recent feuds with Sandoval in explaining why he thinks Laxalt is unfit to serve as Governor. As Fitzgerald described it, “He has a record of extremism, incompetence and unethical behavior.”

Perhaps many Nevadans view Laxalt’s platform as extreme, but how is he unethical? Fitzgerald then explained how Laxalt’s role in the GCB scandal should disqualify him from office. “He was caught on tape by the top gaming regulator, trying to force Nevada to intervene on behalf of his top donor on a lawsuit that cost [Sheldon Adelson] tens of millions of dollars.”

“I believe this is outrageous, and it sets a bad precedent for any political event.”
– Linda Cavazos, Henderson

We contacted the Laxalt Campaign multiple times about this event, and checked in at the press table yesterday morning. Despite our best efforts, the Laxalt Campaign denied us entry into the event.

Photo by Andrew Davey

Henderson resident Linda Cavazos had a similar experience when she tried to go inside. Initially, “They said they were going to ‘work this out’.” But according to Cavazos, some 20 minutes later, “I showed them my mobile ticket, where I had pre-registered for the event. They came back and said no, they could not admit me.”

Cavazos continued, “I find it outrageous that as a concerned citizen, and as a voter, I can not attend an event.” She then said, “If I wanted to ask a question during the question and answer period, they impugn my character by asking me if I was going to cause a disturbance.”

“I would ask Laxalt, ‘Do your job.’”
– Linda Cavazos

Cavazos added, “I believe this is outrageous, and sets a bad precedent for any political event.” She wanted to ask Laxalt about his refusal to enforce the Question 1 background checks initiative that voters approved in 2016. Instead, she had to present her question to us outside: “I wanted to find out why he felt it’s OK to bypass the will of the people. […] I would ask Laxalt, ‘Do your job.’”

Several of the protesters outside also called on Laxalt to enforce the voter-approved gun law, even chanting about it while we were speaking with Cavazos. Despite the voters’ approval, despite Laxalt himself admitting the state can implement the law, and despite Laxalt launching his campaign just five miles from the site of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Laxalt continues to allow private gun sales without any background checks.

Photo by Andrew Davey

Maybe this explains why Laxalt’s campaign staff turned some Nevadans away from yesterday’s event. But if Laxalt is serious about becoming Nevada’s next Governor, he can’t avoid these and other tough questions indefinitely. Laxalt is scheduled to appear at additional campaign events across the state this week, so Nevadans may have more opportunities to get answers.

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