What is wrong with this picture?

So, the Clark County Commission, made up exclusively of seven Democrats, will be the arbiter of who gets appointed to fill the unexpired term of Republican state Sen. Mark Hutchison, who was elected lieutenant governor on Tuesday. Oh, they must name a Republican who lives in the district.

According to the Las Vegas newspaper account, Democratic Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak says he will seek input from Republican state Sen. Mike Roberson and Democratic Commissioner Larry Brown, whose commission district covers Hutchison’s state Senate District 6.

Rebplican Mark Hutchison’s senate seat must be filled by the all-Democrat county commission. (R-J photo by Sam Morris, formerly of the Sun)

Sisolak was quoted as saying that he would not choose an appointee based on how that person would vote, but on being a member of the community and life experience.

How quaint. I wonder how the rest of the commissioners will evaluate candidates.

The news story mentions two people as potential candidates for the post, Wes Duncan, a Republican who was just re-elected to a second term in the Assembly from District 37, and Chris Collins, executive director of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association.

To twist a phrase borrowed from Harry Reid, I don’t know how a union guy can be a Republican.

In fact, one of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s supposed priorities is collective bargaining reform. Might be harder to do with a fox in the hen house.

Just for a little perspective on the choices here, NPRI rated Duncan fourth most conservative member of the 2013 Legislature, while Hutchison was the least conservative Republican — although NPRI did not use the term “conservative,” that’s how it worked out.

Hutchison voted for the bill that forces NV Energy to close its coal-fired plants and replace the power with expensive new plants, including overpriced renewables. Duncan voted nay.

The commission is taking applications for the senate seat appointment.

Hmmmm, I have lived in Senate District 6 for 15 years, but just in case the commissioners were to promote Duncan from the Assembly to the Senate and would need to fill Duncan’s seat, I also live in Assembly District 37.  A member of the community and life experience?

Carson City in January? Brrrr.


11 comments on “What is wrong with this picture?

  1. Steve says:

    Are submitting an application?

  2. “If nominated, I will not accept; if drafted, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.”
    — William Tecumseh Sherman

  3. Winston Smith says:

    “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” – Groucho Marx

  4. Winston Smith says:

    Or was it Karl, Petey?

  5. Athos says:

    Do it, Tom! We’ll all pitch in and get you some woolen long johns!

  6. “Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.” — Gore Vidal

    That also applies to every other elective office.

  7. Steve says:

    Ol’ Gore would have no one in government, other than foreigners…not sure I like that.

    Chris Collins a Republican….never would have thought it.

  8. iShrug says:

    Move outside your comfort zone 🙂

  9. ronknecht says:

    Get the appointment, Tom, and we’ll make sure you stay warm.

    Ron Knecht Economist & NSHE Regent 775-882-2935 (Still) One Plain-speaking Nerd, But Now Nevada Controller-elect http://www.RonKnecht.com

  10. Steve says:

    There is an endorsement Tom!

  11. […] my Republican state senator, Mark Hutchison, gets elected lieutenant governor, now my Republican Assembly representative, Wes Duncan, gets appointed chief […]

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