(Las Vegas, NV) – Today, Nevadans were reminded of the stark contrast between the two candidates running to be their next U.S. Senator when Catherine Cortez Masto announced ‘African Americans for Cortez Masto.’ The group is a coalition of leaders in the African American community who know that Cortez Masto will fight for issues that matter most to Nevadans as their U.S. Senator, like more jobs and better schools, unlike her opponent, Congressman Heck. Congressman Heck voted to cut funding for Nevada schools, opposes Governor Sandoval’s bipartisan increase in education funding, and opposes raising the minimum wage. Congressman Heck has also “legitimized” birthers like Wayne Allyn Root by campaigning with Root. Root is the most prominent birther in Nevada, routinely garnering headlines by attacking President Obama’s citizenship.
“Yet again, we are reminded of the clear choice in this election – and the indisputable fact that Congressman Heck has spent half a decade in Washington pushing a narrow conservative agenda that has failed Nevada’s African American community,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Press Secretary Sarah Zukowski. “Instead of fighting to improve the lives of Nevada families by raising the minimum wage and increasing funding for Nevada’s education system, Congressman Heck has only contributed to the partisan gridlock in Washington while voting to make life harder for the African American community here in Nevada.”