So, Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto sticks her middle finger in the governor’s eye and then pouts when his spokesman says the governor has “lost confidence” in her office.
“I am disappointed the governor has chosen to politicize the legal advice my office provided to him in this matter,” she was quoted as saying in today’s R-J. “I understand the pressure the governor is under to balance the state’s budget. I also recognize the fiscal crisis our state is in. That’s why I am surprised the governor chooses to create dissension between our offices.”
What part of the term “advice” does she not understand? She did not advise the governor. She refused to follow his order to file a request for clarification of the Supreme Court ruling against the state grabbing Clean Water Coalition funds, throwing a monkey wrench in the cogs of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget works. It probably would have been a futile gesture, but it is one the governor, a federal judge, sought.
Masto is the governor’s attorney, not his superior.
This is not the first she has elevated the role of her office and shirked her duty to the state and her office. When Gov. Jim Gibbons told her to sue along with other states over ObamaCare, she refused. Gibbons had to find a private attorney to pursue the case.
The Nevada Constitution states, “The supreme executive power of this State, shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate who shall be Governor of the State of Nevada.” As for the attorney general the Constitution states, “The Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Controller, Attorney General, and Superintendent of public instruction shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law.”
Well, the law states, “The Attorney General and the duly appointed deputies of the Attorney General shall be the legal advisers on all state matters arising in the Executive Department of the State Government.”
A couple of paragraphs later, the law states, “Whenever the Governor directs or when, in the opinion of the Attorney General, to protect and secure the interest of the State it is necessary that a suit be commenced or defended in any federal or state court, the Attorney General shall commence the action or make the defense.”
The governor directs, while the AG shall commence. The word used is or not and.
Sounds like Democrat Masto could use a little insensitivity training and a remedial reading course. Who the hell does she think she is? A politician?
First and foremost and always.