by Jon Ralston Fri, 09/27/2013 - 09:33
Guys, if you can't help an old roommate's law firm when you attain power, what is the point of attaining power? t.co/DMK7TnLcrw
11 hours 46 min ago.
"Cooper & Kirk’s lawyers will bill $795 an hour...The boutique firm’s roster of lawyers includes Adam Laxalt, who r… t.co/0iGHBaDDhw
11 hours 48 min ago.
@canewby The one and same.
11 hours 49 min ago.
@johnnykats Love it. Seems like a good dude.
13 hours 37 min ago.
Glad to see @johnnykats set the newest Vegas resident straight on how to pronounce the state's name. As the state's… t.co/pIjT40NHcY
13 hours 52 min ago.
@BuzzIzarownd2 @SWMcDonald86 Thank you!
14 hours 57 min ago.
State senator loses bid for North Las Vegas mayor, then goes back to Carson City and proposes bill to try to impose… t.co/Aivu5Kou87
21 hours 43 min ago.
Good morning from The #WeMatter State.
On this date in 1960, the Black Book, or List of Excluded Persons, emerged… t.co/DhQVjtfrKV
23 hours 32 min ago.
Wait, I had no idea my staff EVER made mistakes!
Seriously, this is hilarious and shows, once again, that laughter… t.co/95wFWsC5WO
1 day 14 hours ago.
UPDATE: Chairman McDonald, responding to the missive I clearly identified as a draft with his name, put out a statement that indicated I said he sent this to the central committee. I did not say that, as any plain reading of my post would reveal. But he may have sent it if I hadn't mocked it -- we will never know. And it came straight from GOP HQ, where a mole made sure I'd see it.
This is very sad, especially because the chairman knows this is the very pitch he has been making to voters in Saturday's election. The chairman, who will not return emails or phone calls, may have been busy preparing his next pitch for the Democratic special interest, the Culinary union. By the way, as you will see below, he wants to investigate who leaked the draft -- this is the same ex-cop (!) who did nothing on this scandal.
But I will helpfully annotate his statement for him:
In an amazing missive addressed to central committee members to preserve his chairmanship, GOP boss Michael McDonald attacks Gov. Brian Sandoval and Sen. Dean Heller and derides opponent Robert Uithoven for working for....Sheldon Adelson.
You can't make this stuff up.
The missive is below, with annotations (it's obviously a draft I have obtained because he doesn't seem to know how many years he has been active in the GOP):
Dear Fellow Nevada Republicans and Central Committee Members,
As you know, there is an election this Saturday for Nevada State Party officials. I am running for re-election as Chairman along with a slate of other capable officers.
I am asking for your vote and support. Here's why:
(1) FINANCIALLY, THE NRP IS IN SOLID SHAPE. WE HAVE RAISED $200,000 OVER THE PAST 8 MONTHS; WE ARE ONE OF ONLY 31 STATES WITHOUT ANY DEBT; AND WE HAVE OVER $60,000 IN THE BANK OR AT OUR DISPOSAL. WE HAVE ORGANIZED DIRECT MAIL CAMPAIGNS WITH GOOD RESULTS. (Can't wait to see the proof!)
By contrast, our opponent, a lobbyist for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation has no track record of raising money; and, has made vague claims that "the Sands will give us money," when, in fact, Mr. Adelson was out of the country and knew little if anything about our opponent's campaign. (Oh, his people do and they want you out!)
(2) I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEEFOR THE PAST TK (Ahem. Don't you know?) YEARS.
Our opponent has not been a member since 2008 and has been rarely seen at NRP headquarters since. His reported backers, Governor Sandoval and Senator Heller, have been equally distant from the NRP.
(3) OUR PARTY HAS MADE SUBSTANTIAL STRIDES SINCE THE NOVEMBER 2012 ELECTIONS. WE HAVE OPENED A NEW OFFICE (WELL BEYOND MCCARRAN AIRPORT'S LANDING PATTERN); WE HAVE HOSTED NRP FUND RAISERS FEATURING WISCONSIN GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER AND KENTUCKY SENATOR RAND PAUL; AND, WE HAVE REACHED OUT TO THE HISPANIC AND ASIAN-PACIFIC COMMUNITIES (AMONG OTHERS); WE HAVE ORGANIZED DIRECT MAIL CAMPAIGNS WITH GOOD RESULTS. (It's all good.)
I HAVE PERSONALLY ATTENDED EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE INCLUDING LINCOLN DAY BREAKFASTS, LUNCHEONS, AND DINNERS; COUNTY FAIRS, PARTY MEETINGS, AND OTHER EVENTS WHERE THE STATE PARTY CHAIRMAN'S ATTENDANCE WAS WELCOME-AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.
Our opponent has been nowhere to be seen outside of his lobbyist quarters. (Who does he lobby for again?)
(4) We have developed a solid relationship with the RNC including a strong effort to host the 2016 National Convention in Las Vegas. Moreover, the RNC has already sent two staff members to work with us in our outreach and political activities.
Our opponent has been, uh, lobbying for the Las Vegas Sands. (Yes, for the most important donor in the country for the GOP. You have a problem with that?)
I have been a strong advocate for the Party and our members; have been involved in NRP and State Central Committee activities for over TK (just make it up) years; have raised funds in anenvironment where we have had no support from the Governor or Senator (very nice) and have had to contend with an unhappy membership; have personally attended—and will continue to do so—many events throughout the State; and, have reached out to traditionally non- Republican voters to bring them into our party.
Our opponent has done none of the above. Other than announcing that he is running seven days before Saturday's election, he has long disassociated himself from the Nevada Republican Party; has made vague promises about raising money for the party from a
person who was not even in Nevada when he made them; and, has spent his career as a political consultant. (Yes, as opposed to spending his career as a lobbyist for the Culinary union).
The choice is yours. I ask for your vote. Sincerely,
// Michael J. McDonald Chairman Nevada Republican Party