Republican National Committeeman and former Nevada Gov. Bob List, attending a GOP meeting in Hawaii, said a campaign for U.S. Senate by Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki would be "disingenuous".
List said Krolicki should resist suggestions — including those from national Republican bigwigs — to join the fray seeking to challenge Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
"I think he is way too late trying to get into this race," List said.
Krolicki had been considering a challenge to Reid many months ago but his political career was put on hold by criminal charges related to a college savings fund he oversaw.
Krolicki said the charges were politically motivated, a statement he says was vindicated when the case was thrown out of court.
While Krolicki was coping with the case many other candidates, including current leaders Danny Tarkanian and Sue Lowden entered the race.
"Other people relied on that withdrawl and put themselves forward," List said. He added there were potential candidates who eschewed a run for lieutenant governor out of deference to Krolicki.
"It is a bit disingenuous to suggest that he now ought to change course and run for the Senate," List said.
When asked whether it would be a disingenuous move by Krolicki, List responded he was referring to "those encouraging him to do it."
Krolicki has said he hasn’t made up his mind but will do so soon.