Opinion: Brian Sandoval can’t even spell ‘honesty’

SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE FROM RORY 2010

Brian Sandoval wants to portray himself as an honest politician and the perfect candidate for governor of Nevada. Only Sandoval can’t even spell the word “honesty.”

In a Spanish-language ad–which aired exactly once as a publicity stunt–he misspelled the Spanish word for “honesty.” The correct Spanish translation of “honesty” is “honestidad,” not “honestida.”

But Sandoval doesn’t know a lot about honesty in any language. He gave a nonsensical statement yesterday regarding questions about his statement to Univision in Las Vegas that he was unconcerned about the recently passed Arizona legislation because his children“don’t look Hispanic.”

Sandoval offered the following explanation for his bizarre statement: “I don’t remember saying it and it is most certainly not how I feel. If I did say those words, it was wrong and I sincerely regret it. I am proud of my heritage and my family.”

Not only does Sandoval fail to own up to his comments–he completely misses the point. Instead of apologizing for forgetting, he should be addressing the intent of his words, apologizing for questioning the integrity of Univision News Director Adriana Arevalo, and apologizing to the people of Nevada for both the insensitivity and the lie. His half-hearted statement only calls Sandoval’s character further into question.

The Republican candidate’s statements put him under fire in Nevada and brought national media attention. “Whoops! Well, incredibly insensitive comments about racial profiling followed by lies about those comments happen,” wrote Salon.com.

That explanation came after he stammered for an excuse–and twice denied making the statement–during an appearance Wednesday on the statewide “Face to Face” with Jon Ralston. “I’ve never described my children as looking Hispanic or not Hispanic,” he said. He even offered, “I don’t agree with that translation.”

Not that Sandoval would be able to honestly evaluate the translation, since he doesn’t speak Spanish.

The full transcript from “Face to Face”:

Ralston: The current edition of El Tiempo, which is a Hispanic publication in Las Vegas, features an opinion piece in which you’re quoted as being unconcerned with your children being asked for papers in Arizona because, you said, “my children are not seen as Spanish.” That’s what it says.

Sandoval: (uh..)

Ralston: That’s not what you said? That’s the translation–we checked with the author of the article, too. What did you mean?

Sandoval: I’ve never heard that quote before. And I’ve never described my children as looking Hispanic or not Hispanic–so I don’t agree with that translation, whatsoever.

Ralston: You were asked if you were worried about them being approached, and you said they’re not seen–

Sandoval: No one has ever asked me about them being approached.

Ralston: No one has ever asked you?

Ralston: So that article is incorrect then?

Sandoval: I disagree with it because I don’t recall being asked about my kids.

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