The Nevada Governor's Race (July 6, 2006)

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Friday July 7, 2006.

With the recent fun I’ve been having over in the comments at INP, I decided to look further into the Nevada Gubernatorial race. See, pretty much everyone I talk to about it thinks Jim Gibbons, current reprsentative for basically all of Nevada outside of Las Vegas in the US House of Representatives, will win the election pretty easily. Admittedly, I don’t talk to many people, but when you work in a place filled with unabashed liberals, and even they think Gibbons has it locked up, you have to figure the guy is pretty strong. On the other hand you have what has emerged as a pretty popular lefty blog spending as much time in the day as I can figure finding new ways to say Gibbons will lose. So let’s just say the jury is still out on him.

As for the primary race, Gibbons is facing what some might try to call challenges from State Senator Bob Beers. Beers is known in the senate as being a pretty good anti-tax crusader. In fact, if you had asked me about him at any point in my life since I became conscious of his existence I’d have told you that’s about all he is. I like Beers simply because he has a tendency to piss off a lot of politicos, which can’t be all bad. But let’s face it, Beers is hopeless. Also flailing about in the Republican primary is Lt. Governor Lorraine Hunt. She’s known as a lounge singer that owns, from what I hear, a nice restaurant either near or on the Las Vegas Strip. She’s also known as somewhat of a joke in Carson City. I saw her basically play the beta dog to Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio on a couple of occasions down there, and I was sad for her. Then, when she decided to run for governor, I laughed. Sorry, but I couldn’t help it.

On the Democrat side, we have Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus. Dina has lived in Nevada for a long time, but she still talks like she left Georgia last week. WTF? I think that’s why my in-laws like her. My father-in-law has been in Nevada for something like 836 years but he still has an accent, too. Titus’ most prevalent characteristic is that she seems to please the harder core Democrats. She talks their talk. Running against her is Herderson Mayor Jim Gibson. Gibson’s stances, at least as I’ve heard them, tend to appeal more to the middle of the road Democrats and possibly the “he’s electable” crowd. He’s a devout religious man, which means he seems to be against abortion. That’s about all I can glean from the guy, and that’s an issue we’ll discuss in a bit.

Now, let’s look at eliminating a couple of these folks. In the most recent poll I found (and I really don’t know where to look, to be honest), Gibbons is holding a lead so large OJ’s glove might have to fit him to hurt his chances. So Hunt and Beers are gone for this exercise. On the other side, Gibson holds a pretty strong lead. It’s not insurmountable, but it’s not likely to be overtaken unless something catastrophic happens. Or a major migration from Georgia takes place. So since I really don’t think she’ll win this thing, and it’s my website, I’ll kick Dina to the curb. It’s Gibbons vs. Gibson.

Wow this scenario set itself up perfectly for my comparison. See, I’d love to compare the two candidates and give an honest assesment of what Nevadans might feel in November, but I can’t. Why not? Because as I looked at Gibson’s website, I have no freaking idea what the guy stands for. He has absolutely nothing on the site that lists his “issues” or “beliefs.” He does, however, have a boatload of “endorsements” and polling data. Props, Jim. You are supported by unions and, well, unions. Gibbons, on the other hand, has issues listed on his site, and it’s easy to figure out where he stands. He even has a congressional record behind his name. Make what you will out of that, but it’s there.

I have a serious problem when a candidate can’t just put their important issues out there in a concise manner. We’re left to infer their beliefs or just vote on party line. While I’m positive that’s just fine with an awful lot of you, it’s not fine with me. Jim Gibson is a pretender in every sense of the word. He’s going to be the John Kerry of Nevada. He’ll win the primary because people will think he’s electable, then he’ll get his clock cleaned by a seasoned vet in Jim Gibbons. If the Democrats give Titus the nomination, they’ll at least stay true to their core beliefs. It’s sad for the state of politics in Nevada. We could use a real good battle for Governor in this state. Unfortunately, there won’t be one.

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