After the siblings of Republican Rep. Paul Gosar publicly endorsed his Democratic opponent last month, another GOP candidate’s family has publicly opposed his bid for governor.
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who is running for governor, is not a good fit for the state, according to numerous members of his family.
Gabriel Urza, Kevin Nomura, Amy Nomura Solaro, Alexandra Urza, Kevan Danielle Laxalt, Michelle Terese Laxalt, Peter Laxalt, Michelle Janet Laxalt, Dr. Kevin Marie Laxalt, Dr. Kristin Laxalt, Monique Laxalt and Meggan Laxalt Mackey all put their names to an op-ed in the Reno Gazette Journal arguing that Adam is not the right choice to lead Nevada — a state to which they claim he has little connection in the first place.
> Like most Nevadans, the idea of family is important to us, and we are proud of the history that our family has in our state. The first generation of Laxalts came to Nevada as immigrants 100 years ago, and their children went on to be parts of the Nevada community — as politicians and writers and teachers and in many other ways. Over the years, we’ve always supported our family, even when we haven’t always agreed with them or their politics. But as this Election Day nears, we feel compelled to speak publicly about why we believe that Adam Laxalt is the wrong choice for Nevada’s governorship.
> There are many specific, well-documented reasons why we believe this to be the case.
> First, for those of us who were actually raised in Nevada, it’s difficult to hear him continue to falsely claim that he was raised in Nevada or has any true connections to Nevadans. The simple fact is that while he may have been born in Reno, he left as an infant and was raised on the East Coast, 3,000 miles away, in Washington, D.C., and moved here only in 2013, only one year later launching his political career. Aside from the occasional short visit, Adam never knew the state or its people. Perhaps if he had, he would stand for Nevada’s values rather than for those of his out-of-state donors.
They pointed to Laxalt’s “Basque Fry” fundraiser as proof that the Republican candidate is all show when it comes to politics:
> This event perfectly captures the Adam Laxalt candidacy: the phoniness of the setting and costumes, the pretense of folksiness used as a prop for Washington power players like Kellyanne Conway and Devin Nunes. In a promotional video from the event, Adam is dressed in a “western” shirt monogramed with his campaign logo, “work” boots and jeans that look like they were ordered off Amazon the week before. An orange tractor is placed prominently behind the stage, which is decorated with hay bales. All this careful arrangement is meant to project an image of authenticity, of a deep family tie to Nevada and its history. But it’s all fake, all props paid for by someone else.
But it is Laxalt’s policy positions and lack of solid qualifications that lead his family members to the conclusion that he is not fit for governorship.