U.S. Sen. Dean Heller this week unveiled a “Juntos con Heller” campaign with a coalition of 254 Hispanic activists committed to helping the Republican win re-election.
“I know Dean Heller, and I know he will fight for the Latino community in Nevada,” said Peter Guzman, president of the Latin Chamber of Commerce. “We can count on him to deliver on his promises, like he did when he helped write — and ultimately pass — the historic tax cut law that is already providing Nevada families with bonuses, higher wages and more job opportunities.”
The new campaign is twice the size of a similar coalition during the 2012 cycle, according to a news release. And the group has more members than the “Latinos for Cortez Masto” coalition announced by Catherine Cortez Masto when she was running for the Senate in 2016.
In the latest bit of “gotcha” campaigning, a new video making the rounds on Twitter shows U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen ignoring questions about raising taxes.
The 30-second clip shows the Nevada Democrat getting out of her car before being asked about recent reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would raise taxes if Democrats take back control of the House.
“Do you support Nancy Pelosi’s idea to raise taxes?” an unidentified man asks Rosen outside a fundraiser in Washington. The question is asked three times before Rosen enters a house without answering.
As the Senate race heats up, members of both political parties have been ambushed by political operatives taking video and asking questions. A clip released last week shows Heller hurrying to a car following a Hollywood fundraiser. An unidentified man asks how much money the senator raised at the event, but Heller doesn’t answer.
The ads, they cometh
A slew of new political ads are bombarding the airwaves this week as the Nevada primary election inches closer.
The liberal-leaning super PACs Priorities USA and American Bridge 21st Century each launched ads this week in Nevada going after Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt.
Meanwhile, the top two Democrats running for governor — Clark County Commissioners Chris Giunchigliani and Steve Sisolak — have launched ads attacking each other in a race that is likely to get uglier.
Early voting in Nevada begins May 26 and runs through June 8. The primary election is June 12.
News and Notes
■ The voter registration deadlines for this year’s primary election are quickly approaching. The last day to register by mail is May 15. People can register at their local county clerk’s or registrar of voters’ offices until May 22. Registering online at RegisterToVoteNV.gov is open until May 24.
■ Former longtime Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury announced he has endorsed state Sen. Scott Hammond, R-Las Vegas, in the race for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District.
■ Planned Parenthood endorsed philanthropist and Democrat Susie Lee in the race for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District.
■ Republican gubernatorial candidate Jared Fisher is speaking at the Mesquite Women’s Club from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, 700 Hardy Way in Mesquite. The speech will be followed by a Q&A session.
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