How does Heck’s background stack up with Cortez Masto’s?

Joe Heck has made it official. He is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Harry Reid who has hand picked Catherine Cortez Masto to be his successor.

According to the this morning’s newspaper, both candidates immediately began soliciting money.

Cortez Masto reportedly sent an email warning that the “attacks are on their way” and saying she was going into an “emergency finance meeting,” so send “$5 or more right this second.”

Heck’s opening salvo was not an attack, but a rags to modest income biography and litany of issues, while calling himself, an ER doctor, a healer.

So, let me be the first to outline some of Cortez Masto’s failings.

In March 2010, Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons sent Democrat Attorney General Cortez Masto a letter directing her to file suit challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare. She immediately fired back a letter refusing to do so, even though state law says:

“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.”

Another section of the law reads:

“If the Attorney General neglects or refuses to perform any of the duties required of him or her bylaw, the Attorney General is guilty of a misdemeanor or is subject to removal from office.”

Then there was the criminal indictment by Cortez Masto against then-state Treasurer and  later-Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and his chief of staff over alleged mismanagement of a college saving program. No funds were missing but the AG’s office claimed Krolicki was not following state budgeting rules.

A judge dismissed the charges completely and Cortez Masto did not appeal.

But during the prosecution an invitation to a fundraiser for a Democratic opponent of Krolicki for lieutenant governor listed a sponsor of the event as Paul Masto, husband of the attorney general. She denied any wrongdoing and the event was canceled.

During Cortez Masto’s brief period between term-limited from office and her announcement that she was running for the Senate, she was named executive vice chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education. She was appointed without benefit of a national search to a job that had been vacant for five years and paid a salary of $215,000, even though she had no experience in higher education. Was it merely a ploy to keep her nose in the public trough until some elective office opened up?

Further showing her liberal bona fides, while serving as executive vice chancellor, Cortez Masto testified before a legislative panel against a bill that would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry their weapons on college campuses.


Even though Article 8, Section 9 of the Nevada Constitution states: “The State shall not donate or loan money, or its credit, subscribe to or be, interested in the Stock of any company, association, or corporation, except corporations formed for educational or charitable purposes,” AG Cortez Masto opined otherwise when the governor and lawmakers wanted to dole out money to various companies to get them to move operations to Nevada.

On three different occasions state officials attempted to get the voters to amend the Constitution make subsidies to companies legal. In 1992, a proposal was nixed by 76.5 percent of the voters. In 1996, 64.8 percent of voters opposed it. By 2000, resistance dwindled to 59.3 percent, but it still failed.

Despite the clear wording of the Constitution and the majority of voters, AG Cortez Masto’s opinion on the Catalyst Fund states: “The Nevada Constitution does not prohibit the State from disbursing Catalyst Fund money to regional development authorities that by definition must be local governments, or prohibit local governments from disbursing Catalyst Fund money to companies.”

This is not an attack. It is just a few facts.

Joe Heck (R-J photo)

Now that we know who the top candidates for the Senate seat are, who will be running for Heck’s seat? On the radio Monday a caller suggested Republicans Danny Tarkanian and state Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson might run, though Roberson will have to defend his support for $1.5 billion in tax hikes in a primary. Roll Call mentioned Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers, who recently dropped out of the Senate race, as a potential candidate.

22 comments on “How does Heck’s background stack up with Cortez Masto’s?

  1. CF says:

    I can support Heck if he gets on the right side of immigration. That meaning he insist that current laws be enforced. Comprehensive Immigration Reform is code for doing nothing. Heck has a great record with Veterans and has many good qualities with the exception of this one issue. Heck’s grades on this issue at Conservative Review and NumbersUSA are not good. We already have Republican sell-outs in Heller and Hardy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Which suit did the AG refuse to “commence or defend” Thomas?

    I think we both understand the answer is none so why misrepresent the nature of that refusal?

  3. nyp says:

    Pretty outrageous that Mastro didn’t want to spend taxpayer money on a losing lawsuit.

  4. nyp says:

    BTW, Joe Heck is a big supporter of Catalyst Fund grants, isn’t he?

  5. Patrick says:

    But the AG could NOT have “commenced” or “defended” ObamaCare lawsuit because it was already commenced.

    So, the Constitutional language you cited was inapposite.

  6. The state of Nevada had not commenced.

  7. Barbara says:

    Again we are presented with voting for the lesser of two evils…how sad. Joe Heck has been a reliable vote for the Republican establishment to increase spending, extend amnesty, fully fund the ACA and HHS. Heck’s voting record mirrors Boehner’s perfectly. I’m tired of liberal Republicans runnng as conservatives only to get my vote and then once in office, voting for expanding governement and clearly unconstitutional programs. If we keep returning them to office, they have no incentive to change. I think I’ll set this one out.

  8. Steve says:

    Patrick already took care of the word “shall”
    According to Patrick’s tortured reading and consequent selective pastings, that word really means “may”.
    Of course this is entirely dependent on what the topic of discussion is and what the definition of the word “is”… (uh)…

  9. I agree Barbara…I too was hoping for a genuine rock ribbed conservative to run, but alas…we live in a bluish purple state (thanks in part to all of the California transplants). So when I look at the hand picked candidate of Harry Reid, I will have to hold my nose and vote for the lesser of two evils one more time. There’s no way I want to see Catherine Cortez Masto in the US Senate! I’m disappointed by Heck…but I would be appalled by Masto and her antics.

  10. Nevada elected Republicans because Democrats stayed home. It may be the lesser of two evils, but …

  11. Dr. Annette Teijeiro has announced for Joe Heck’s congressional seat.

  12. Barbara says:

    Yes we elected Republicans, but what have we gotten for it? I will no longer vote for any person that has a liberal voting record especially if they have an R after their name. The downside is that the country will just go to hell sooner, but at least it will be clear who took us there. If he is to be elected it should not be with conservative or libertarian votes. There needs to be accountability or we can never hope save this country.

    I really can’t stomach Heck’s use of his time in the service to suggest he has honorably served his country. I value his time in the service, but to suggest that no one should question his voting record and the effect he is now having on the country is beyone the pale. His voting record is deporable and shameful to anyone who believes in our founding principals.

  13. nyp says:

    Go for it, Barbara. Your strategy is what my old lefty friends used to call “heightening the contadictions.”

  14. Barbara says:

    My strategy is called honesty – you should try it sometime.

  15. nyp says:

    Now, now ….

  16. Steve says:

    Heck holds a district with a very fine line to be balanced.

    I think he is really trying, and succeeding to represent all the people in his district while keeping the weight on the side of the conservative people in the district who did vote for him, be they Democrat or Republican…Because, contrary to today’s political beliefs, there ARE still SOME conservative people who prefer to register Democrat.

    I don’t hold this against him and will vote for him if he makes the general ballot.

  17. nyp says:

    Yes, it is worth sacrificing one’s conservative principles in order to be re-elected.

  18. Rincon says:

    Part of one’s principles involves representing the people who elect you and to compromise when necessary. Conservatives and Liberals who stick to their guns at all costs are ruining this country.

  19. Steve says:

    Nyp, you do not know how evenly divided Hecks district is. He is doing what he was elected to do, represent the district that elected him. Not just half of it.

  20. nyp says:

    I’m sure once he is elected Senator from a closely-divided “purple” state he will revert to being the sort of strong and principled conservative Barbara is looking for.

  21. Steve says:

    “I’m sure once he is elected Senator”

    THAT is a keeper, coming from you, nyp…pundit away!

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