Sandoval rolls out first TV ad in his campaign for governor

Republican Brian Sandoval on Tuesday announced plans to launch the first TV ad of his gubernatorial campaign.

In the ad, titled “Together,” Sandoval speaks about his vision for Nevada should he be elected governor.

“Together we’ll get Nevada’s financial house in order, we’ll create a new, diverse Nevada economy, and we’re going to rethink how we teach our kids,” Sandoval says in the spot.

Campaign spokeswoman Mary-Sarah Kinner said the ad will start airing today statewide.

The television ads are the first of the season for the gubernatorial race, which features three candidates in the Republican primary: Sandoval, incumbent Gov. Jim Gibbons and former North Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon. The race has one major Democratic contender, Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid.

Reid campaign spokesman Mike Trask criticized the new Sandoval ad for lacking ideas, saying that Reid “has already released detailed, innovative and cost-neutral plans on improving our economy and rebuilding Nevada’s struggling education system.”

Sandoval’s ads come as a Democratic consultant is preparing to launch an independent campaign through a political action committee that could include criticism of Sandoval to damage him in the Republican primary.

“It is likely it will have a (Sandoval) component,” consultant Dan Hart said of the effort by the Committee to Protect Nevada Jobs. “I’m leaving that option open to discuss other candidates. It is a very fluid situation, especially the Republican primary.”

Statewide surveys conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research show Sandoval with a double-digit lead over Reid in a theoretical general election match. Reid is more competitive against Gibbons, the surveys show.

The PAC is independent of Reid’s campaign, but Sandoval and others view its effort as an attempt to improve the Democratic candidate’s chances in the fall.

A fundraising e-mail from Sandoval’s campaign said the PAC represents an attempt by “Democrats tied to Rory and Harry Reid” to fund a “series of negative attack ads against our campaign for the next two months.”

Hart said the PAC will have “substantial” support from state and national donors. He disagreed with the characterization that its campaign is a partisan attack on Sandoval.

“We’ll put out factual, documented information. I don’t think the truth has a party label,” Hart said.

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