Mark Twain once said, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” In this campaign, my opponent has elevated this tongue-in-cheek statement to the principal cornerstone of her campaign.
For example, my opponent continues to lie about my residence by telling voters that I do not live in the District despite the fact that a Washoe County Judge rendered an order concluding that I am a resident of Assembly District 26 and otherwise qualified to run for office. Her cavalier disregard for the facts and the rule of law demonstrates unequivocally that she is unfit for the office to which she seeks to be elected. But hey, let’s not let the truth get in the way of the story she wants to tell . . .
As another example, my opponent has stated that she supports the education reforms passed last legislative session, including Educations Savings Accounts, Opportunity Scholarships, and the “read by three” initiative. However, the fact is she does not support any of these reforms because she has proudly signed the so-called “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” By signing this pledge, she can not support the conservative education reforms passed last session because, by her own admission, she would not vote to fund them. She is either lying about her commitment not to raise taxes or she is lying about her commitment to conservative education reforms. But hey, let’s not let the truth get in the way of the story she wants to tell . . .
Over the weekend, we were told by a voter that my opponent had told him that she was an attorney who had taken a case to the Nevada Supreme Court. This is not the first time we have been told that she has held herself out as an attorney. On that point, just because someone goes to law school, it does not make them an “attorney.” To become an attorney in Nevada, a person must do the following:
1) attend an accredited law school;
2) pass an ethics exam;
3) pass the bar exam, which includes a multi-state portion and a state specific essay portion. In Nevada, the exam lasts two and a half days (only roughly 60% of the people who sit for the bar pass); and
4) take an oath and be admitted to the bar by the state Supreme Court.
My opponent is not an attorney. Again, there is more to being an attorney than receiving a law degree from an unaccredited law school. By way of analogy, a person is not a medical doctor just because they go to medical school. No one would ever call a person who graduated from an unaccredited medical school “doctor” because that person did not go to a school where a person could qualify as a doctor and that person would not be eligible to take the exam and go through residency. A person can do a number of things with a degree from medical school, including teach health and wellness classes at a community college, but that person would never be considered a doctor. Likewise, my opponent can do a number of things with a degree from an unaccredited law school, including teach a political science class at a community college, but she can never be considered an attorney. But hey, let’s not let the truth get in the way of the story she wants to tell . . .
Finally, “integrity” is defined as “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.” Ironically, my opponent sent a mailer out to voters with a picture of her alongside Washoe County Sheriff Allen touting her “integrity.” However, my opponent’s mailer completely disregards ethical principles codified in NRS Chapter 281A. In this regard, the Nevada Commission on Ethics has ruled, “A public officer will create an appearance of impropriety under NRS 281.481(7)(a)(4) [currently codified as NRS 281A.400(7)(a)(4)] if, in the course of endorsing a person’s candidacy, he uses the physical accouterments of his office or position to bolster the endorsement. So, for example, a public officer should not use his uniform, badge, employees, private office, or other non-public facilities for the purposes of making an endorsement advertisement.” See Commission on Ethics Opinion No. 98-41 (1999). But hey, let’s not let ethics get in the way of the story she wants to tell . . .
I am counting on the fact that you, dear voter, are wiser than my opponent believes you to be. As I have met with you at your homes and spoken with you by phone, I know you want authenticity and honesty, not phony political smiles, hollow talking points and lies.