Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval is shooting daggers to opponents at his right and left with a new ad launched Wednesday.
The ad, called "Wrong for Nevada", takes aim at Democrati candidate Rory Reid and incumbent Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons.
Sandoval is leading among all candidates in statewide polling, but taking criticism from both Gibbons and Democrats who support Reid.
The new ad aims to respond to both.
"They’re at it again," the ad proclaims. "Rory Reid’s Washington Friends with more lies about Brian Sandoval."
It’s a jab at The Committee to Protect Nevada Jobs, an independent group formed by longtime Reid consultant Dan Hart to raise money for anti-Sandoval ads.
The Committee has sought to link a 2003 tax increase to Sandoval, who was attorney general at the time, in an effort to hinder his chances in the Republican Primary against Gibbons and former North Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon, who are viewed as weaker general election challenges for Reid.
The Sandoval ad then shifts to go after Gibbons, attacking Gibbons for directly or indirectly allowing taxes to go up despite promises to oppose tax increases.
"Jim Gibbons claims he never raised taxes but he did," the narrator states.
It wraps the negative portion with: "Gibbons and Reid, wrong for Nevada," before closing with a tagline about Sandoval offering "honest, conservative leadership".