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ROUNDUP: Laxalt Flubs Attempt to Quietly Distance Himself from NRA

Less than a week ago, Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt was set to speak at the NRA’s spring Leadership Form for the second year in a row. After the NV Dems called out his appearance — which was posted just days after the Parkland shooting — his photo suddenly disappeared from the website, raising questions about what happened and whether he still plans to attend.

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada AG Adam Laxalt no longer listed as speaker for NRA event

By Colton Lochhead

February 21, 2018

Adam Laxalt was listed as a speaker for a major National Rifle Association event, but the Nevada attorney general’s name and face have been wiped from the event’s website.

Laxalt, also a Republican candidate for governor, appeared on the event’s website this week as a scheduled speaker for the May 4 NRA Annual Leadership Forum — which touts itself as a “must-stop for candidates seeking the highest levels of elected office” — along with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, political commentator Tomi Lahren and Chris Cox, the NRA’s top lobbyist.


AP: Aide: Nevada AG Never Confirmed for NRA Political Event

February 22, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada state Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt had not committed to attend a major National Rifle Association political event before his name was taken off the speakers’ list, an aide said Thursday.


The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that, until Wednesday, Laxalt was listed among headliners including Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, political commentator Tomi Lahren and top NRA lobbyist Chris Cox.


KNPR [Las Vegas]: State of Nevada

February 22, 2018

The Nevada Independent editor Jon Ralston: “Adam Laxalt is a favorite of the NRA. […] He was supposed to speak at their May convention, and then suddenly his picture disappeared from their website. […] And [Laxalt’s team] won’t explain why. They’re just coming up with another of their very dodgy responses.”


KXNT 840 AM [Las Vegas]: The Alan Stock Show

February 22, 2018

“I guess Adam Laxalt was supposed to be there, but he’s no longer on the event site, no discussion as to why his name has been erased from there. And when the NRA was called for comment about the change, there was no returned call. His campaign said his participation in the NRA event had not been confirmed when the NRA posted him as speaker. So, not sure exactly what that’s all about. […] It would be interesting to find out why, all of a sudden, his name has disappeared from the list. Don’t you agree? Well I think so.”


KOLO 8 News Now [Reno]

February 22, 2018


The Hill: Prominent Republicans scrubbed from NRA forum after Florida shooting

By Reid Wilson

February 23, 2018

Two top Republicans likely to appear on the November ballot have removed their names from a list of speakers set to address the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual convention in Dallas in May.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) were both on the list of confirmed speakers at the NRA’s annual leadership forum, set for May 4, along with a host of other Republican elected officials. After the attack on a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 students and faculty members dead, their names and images have been removed from the site.


KKFT 99.1 FM [Reno]: Armstrong & Getty Show

February 23, 2018

“Do the politics of NRA impact the governor’s race in Nevada? Up until last week, Adam Laxalt was listed as a speaker at an NRA Leadership Forum in Dallas. Now he is not. The Laxalt aide says he never committed to being a speaker.”


KOH-AM 780 [Reno]: The Dan Mason Show

February 23, 2018

“Las Vegas Review Journal reporting Adam Laxalt skipping a speaking gig at the latest NRA convention. Nevada attorney general listed as a speaker for the May 4th event, but this week his name and photo, like that of Florida governor Rick Scott, have been removed from the NRA website. The Democrats are calling it a weak attempt to distance himself from the NRA after being called out for inaction on gun safety. Laxalt’s campaign spokesman says the A.G. never committed to appear at the NRA political event and says it’s too early to know Laxalt’s schedule.”