Fences mended as torch passed

Bruce Woodbury and Steve Sisolak have struck a truce months after they had a public falling out during the elections.

Sisolak’s girlfriend, Kathleen Boutin, acted as a go-between for the two men, coaxing them to talk a few weeks ago. Sisolak and Woodbury describe the conversation as cordial and the rift as mostly mended.

Woodbury, a Republican, ended his 28-year tenure as a Clark County commissioner Sunday. Sisolak, a Democrat, will be sworn in today.

In June, Woodbury said he was stung when Sisolak filed a challenge to his candidacy with the state Supreme Court, arguing that term limits disqualified him. That was in stark contrast to Sisolak telling him he would enter the race only when the courts ruled that term limits came into play, Woodbury said.

Sisolak insists that Woodbury misunderstood his remarks. Sisolak said he promised to wait for Secretary of State Ross Miller’s formal opinion and not a court ruling.

When Miller stated publicly that Woodbury should not run, Sisolak jumped into the race and filed the challenge with the high court.

Woodbury said he is more willing now to call it a misunderstanding.

“We’re friendly now,” Woodbury said. “I don’t carry a grudge, and I don’t think he does either. He has my full cooperation.”

Sisolak said that Woodbury came across as spiteful while backing Republican candidate Brian Scroggins in the race. Woodbury, he said, made mean-spirited attacks in auto-dialed messages.

“Which is out of character for him,” Sisolak said. “He called me a liar. He said I can’t be trusted. That’s pretty hard-hitting. Those bruises don’t go away in a day.”

Sisolak said he’s ready to put the rancor behind him. He and Woodbury discussed which issues should be given priority.

“I look forward to working with Bruce,” he said. “He’s got a lot of history there.”

Contact reporter Scott Wyland at swyland@reviewjournal.com or 702-455-4519.

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