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.
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.