Reid’s plan for Clark County mirrors gubernatorial campaign rhetoric

Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid said his plan to reform county government and make University Medical Center financially stable has nothing to do with his campaign for governor of Nevada.

"This is not a time to play politics," Reid said. "There is too much at stake."

But some of his statements from the 35-minute press conference to discuss the plan were nearly identical to statements from his gubernatorial campaign.

For example, during the press conference today Reid said, "I want to fire the starting gun on the process that will lead to a new UMC that can be financially viable."

During his campaign Reid has used the "starting gun" analogy repeatedly, including during an interview announcing his candidacy for governor when he said, "I think we have daunting problems in our state and I am going to fire the starting gun on the debate about how we are going to turn it around."

In the press conference today Reid said the county should "prioritize budgeted items with respect to projects that can cerate jobs in the next year. These projects should be put out to bid immediately."

During Reid’s announcement speech at Doris Hancock Elementary School in Las Vegas he laid out this plank for his gubernatorial campaign, "Prioritize capital spending on immediate job-creating projects."

In the press conference Reid talked about the politics of playing it safe and ignoring the county’s budget problems saying "The politically expedient thing to do would be to bide my time, sit in that chair for a few more months and hope that this didn’t fester on my watch."

During an interview when he announced his campaign he said of his 30-page plan for Nevada "Everybody advised me not to do what I’m doing. Politics 101 is that you say nothing. Because if you say nothing it is hard to argue with it."

While talking about Clark County’s problems Reid said this about seeking out as much money as possible from the federal government "There are hundreds of millions of dollars in Washington, D.C., and somebody is going to get it. I think we would be better served if Nevada got it."

And during a meeting with the Review-Journal editorial board to discuss his gubernatorial campaigh Reid said "The fact is there are hundreds of millions of dollars in Washington, D.C., and somebody is going to get them. We should work hard to get that money here so that our people can have jobs rather than have some people bring it to Iowa or Minnesota or Indiana."

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