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Laxalt Spox Laughably Touts Accessibility as Schwartz Slams Him for Ducking Debates

Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt is under fire from his primary opponent, Dan Schwartz, for ducking debates and being unable to “hold [his] own in public,” according to a new story today in The Nevada Independent.

Laxalt’s campaign claimed he’s appeared at “numerous speaking engagements” in the last three months and mentioned one such upcoming event in Fallon, a GOP fundraising dinner that costs $50 per ticket.

An analysis of Laxalt’s Twitter account over the last three months shows that of the 23 appearances he’s posted about, over half charged for entry; four were private, unadvertised events; and three were of surrogates attending events in his place. Just three were free, public events.

Laxalt has also developed a reputation for dodging the media. One prominent example is when Laxalt ran away from a reporter last May to avoid answering questions about pressing the Gaming Control Board chairman to intervene in a lawsuit on behalf of his biggest donor, Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla released the following statement:

“Laxalt avoids any opportunity to speak to voters in public because every time he opens his mouth, he betrays his far-right views. If Laxalt thinks attending ticketed fundraisers counts as being accessible to Nevadans, he is even more out of touch than we thought.”