Before the Clark County Republican Party begins crowing on how successful they were in local elections, I’d like to remind all of you that many of the Republicans winning their election were either not endorsed, not supported and at least one outright opposed by the Clark County Republicans.
Party officials voted not only not to endorse Republican John Blom, who along with Democrat Tanisha Harris, handily defeated County Councilor David Madore in the primary for County Council, District 3, but to actually oppose his campaign against Harris. He won.
Most hypocritical of the Clark County Republican Party, not once did they even list John Blom’s campaign site. But now that he won the campaign, they list him as a win for the party!
Incumbent Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is another they chose not to support and she beat her Democrat challenger, Jim Moeller “like an old rug.”
It was just last year, 2015 that Clark County Republican Party members were discussing the possibility of censuring Herrera Beutler.
18th Legislative District State Senator Ann Rivers also drew their ire, but decimated her Democrat challenger. Word was that the party fell one vote short of actually opposing her as they did with John Blom.
17th District State Senator candidate Lynda Wilson, 17th District Rep. Paul Harris and 18th District Rep Brandon Vick have each been looked upon somewhat unfavorably, but each had decisive wins.
14th District State Senator Curtis King is yet another incumbent Republican not well thought of by the party hierarchy, but who easily dispatched “Independent Republican” challenger, Amanda Richards, unanimously endorsed by the Clark County Republican Party.
Something to keep in mind for you PCO’s that will be voting in the upcoming restructuring meeting as it appears quite a few winning for the Republican brand in Clark County did so in spite of the Clark County Republican Party.
It’s your party. Think how much better it could be with party leaders that actually supported all of the Republican candidates.
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