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Business group endorses Sandoval

The Keystone Corporation, a conservative, pro-business political action group led by Monte Miller, a former supporter of Gov. Jim Gibbons, on Monday announced it supports Republican Brian Sandoval for governor.

In the endorsement statement the group said of Sandoval: “He is a dedicated leader who will fight against efforts to force any form of corporate or personal income taxes on the citizens and job-providers in Nevada. We know that as our state’s CEO, Brian Sandoval will work to enforce the rule of law, work to create private sector job growth and lead the legislature towards necessary reforms in education delivery systems and state government, particularly in public employee salaries and benefits.”

Sandoval, a former federal judge, won the June 8 primary over Gibbons, who became the first-ever Nevada governor to lose re-election in his own party primary.

Keystone CEO Miller was a strong backer of Gibbons in 2006 when Gibbons beat then-state Sen. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas.

But Miller threw his support to Sandoval for 2010, a defection people close to Gibbons have said was upsetting to the governor.

Sandoval faces Democrat Rory Reid, currently chairman of the Clark County Board of Commissioners, in the fall general election.

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