Commissioner Tom Collins tells people to do as he says, not as he did

Back in May 2010, the Clark County Commission held a hearing on whether to ask Congress to designate the Gold Butte area a National Conservation Area.

During the hearing Commissioner Tom Collins said:

“Just to back up to 1993, 1994, I stood out on a hill — I was a freshman legislator in the Nevada state Legislature — and I stood out on a hill with, I don’t know, 30 or 40 other people and stood out there with Cliven Bundy and his family and John and Ellie Ahearn and few other folks. And we were saying come on federal government, come take my cows, come and take me, whatever. We’re standing out there, a bunch of us armed, in protest of the federal government changing in the laws out there.”

He went on to emphasize that Gold Butte is federal land and every citizen has a stake in that land.

Tom Collins (R-J photo)

Gold Butte is the area where Bundy and a few armed, self-styled militia types in recent weeks faced down well armed BLM agents who were backing up contract cowboys who were confiscating Bundy’s cattle, which they said were trespassing on federal land and for which Bundy had not paid grazing fees for 20 years.

At the time, this same Tom Collins said in a phone conversation with Piute County (Utah) Commissioner Darin Bushman, about the possibility of Utah ranchers and ranch hands showing up to support Bundy, that the Utahns should mind their “own (expletive) business,” calling them “inbred bastards.”

Collins also suggested that anyone coming to Clark County had “better have funeral plans.”

“I’m trying to do everything I can to discourage anybody who tells me they’re coming here with loaded guns,” Collins told a Las Vegas newspaper reporter. “I’m going to tell them not to come,” adding that “all these gun-packing folks just need to go home.”

He later apologized for the remarks.

What a difference 20 years makes.

12 comments on “Commissioner Tom Collins tells people to do as he says, not as he did

  1. mike clifford says:

    Doesn’t Tom have some alcohol related issues? Or am I confusing foot-in-mouth disease with a substance problem? I do recall he likes guns but apparently only if they are fired from ones own back yard….where the projectiles lands is apparently not one of his issues.

  2. As reported in that editorial, to which I linked.

  3. Athos says:

    93 or 94. Wanna bet it was after the Waco slaughter? Janet Reno kept her job, BJ Clinton got re-elected (bob Dole, republicans? Really?) and the MSM did a fine job misdirecting the murder committed by our public servants.

    Tom Collins, the cocktail man, got it right, back then. We’ve had 20 plus years if this abuse.
    And you wonder if the true Americans are ready to explode?

  4. Athos says:

    Of this abuse, not if. Typo

  5. Steve says:

    Tom Collins,,,learned all he knows about politics from Harry Reid!

    To bad Reid didn’t let him in on the really important stuff.

  6. Winston Smith says:

    Nothing like a stint in public office to help you misplace your principles.

  7. Athos says:

    Sell your soul to the devil.

    Right petey?

  8. Athos says:

    George Will writes an interesting piece describing our political differences. Our liberties are not granted by our government (power) but are given us by our Creator, and cannot be denied , even by a democratic majority.

    Zero, Pelousy, Greid and the like don’t see it that way, do they?

  9. Rincon says:

    The Creator gave people the liberty to swing their fists in the air, but that right stops where the next guy’s nose begins. Liberty is not without limits.

  10. Athos says:

    And that is why it is imperative to have a moral society, Rinny.

    There would be no reason to swing a fist near anyone’s nose.

  11. nyp says:

    “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

  12. Athos says:

    With vermin like Haary Greid, how are we to become angels? The government is full of non-angels, petey.

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