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Opinion: WashoeDEMS response to Heller appointment

By ThisIsReno


Washoe DemsJust days after Rep. Shelley Berkley announced her intention to run for John Ensign’s Senate seat, the Republican Party has devised a way to go around the democratic process by convincing scandal-ridden Ensign to vacate his seat before the end of the term.

“It’s a sad day for democracy in Nevada when voters are denied the chance to vote to express their views on candidates to better our state and country.” said Shaun Gray, executive director of the Democratic Party of Washoe County (WashoeDEMS).

“What’s more,” continued Gray, “is that Gov. Brian Sandoval continues to show how out of touch he is with the people of Nevada by appointing someone (Dean Heller) who has voted to balance the country’s budget on the backs of seniors and to cut off health care to 18,000 Washoe County residents.”

Sandoval has appointed Rep. Dean Heller, the GOP favorite in the 2012 Senate race.

“Time and time again, Dean Heller has supported issues devastating to the people of Washoe County,” said Dorie Guy, WashoeDEMS chair. “And how does Gov. Sandoval react to that?” she asked. “By promoting him to a higher office — it’s the typical good ol’ boys game.”

For more information, call 775.323.8683 or log on www.washoedems.org. Visit the WashoeDEMS on Facebook and Twitter @WashoeDEMS.



Nick Lomax April 28, 2011 - 10:49 am

I’m a Democrat and proud to be one, but why do 20-something Democrats seek political leadership positions before their political awareness has fully developed? The Washoe Dem’s response sounds so whiny! The political appointment process is nothing new, and if Rory had been elected he’d be doing exactly the same thing to fill a vacancy until the next election. The appropriate response should have been, “…we look forward to the next election, and working with Mr. Heller on the issues that matter most to the State of Nevada.”

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