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Talk Radio Revolt: GOP Base Seethes About Heller’s Backroom Deal to Get Trump’s Endorsement

“He’s depressed his base… Heller’s done”

Local conservative talk radio slammed GOP Sen. Dean Heller, Danny Tarkanian, and President Trump for making a backroom deal this week to end the divisive and costly Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Nevada. A caller into radio host Kevin Wall’s program on Friday said Trump’s political moves would hand “the Senate seat over to the Democrats.” Trust us, you’re going to want to listen.

Despite President Trump’s tweeting, it seems clear that some Republican voters still refuse to support Dean Heller.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:

“Dean Heller has alienated independents, infuriated Republicans, and energized Democrats to vote him out of office. After trying to please everyone and in turn pleasing no one, it’s clear that Sen. Heller is not going back to Washington after 2018.”

TRANSCRIPT (AUDIO)

KEVIN WALL: “Danny Tarkanian, with the support and endorsement of the President, is going to file at 12 noon for CD-3. This was what the President tweeted out this morning: “It would be great for the Republican Party of Nevada and it’s unity, if good guy Danny Tarkanian would run for Congress, and Dean Heller, who is doing a really good job, could run for the Senate unopposed.” Wow. And that’s exactly what Danny Tarkanian says he is going to do. With the support and the endorsement of the President of the United States. We have reached out to a couple of different candidates in that CD-3 race. We’ll reach out to more as the morning progresses. Trying to find somebody that will talk to us on the record, relative to their thoughts on this bombshell, politically. This is major league stuff. Get back to the phones, let’s go to John. John you’re up and you’re on live and local now. What do you make of all this?”

GUEST: “Good morning, Kevin, I hope you’re doing well today. I find it to be a big disappointment. And I think it’s bad for both Tarkanian and the Republican Party. I think, he’s just handed the Senate seat over to the Democrats. And I don’t think he’s going to win the Congressional race either. I would have voted for Tarkanian in the primary against Heller. I will not vote for Heller in the general election. So when you say, ‘which Heller is going back to Washington in January?’ There is no Heller is going back to Washington in January, ‘cause I think there are a lot of Republicans who agree with me. He has sold out his Republican constituents to try and appease Democrats who will never vote for him. He’s a big disappointment. And he’s not going back to Washington. I think Tarkanian could have beat Rosen in the general election. But now, come the primary time, if Victoria Seaman’s still in that race, I’m voting for her in the primary. And Danny doing this move is making him look a lot more like a politician to me, even though he’s never even held office.”

WALL: “Let me ask you, the fact that Dean Heller will be running unopposed. Won’t have to spend a million, two million, three million dollars on a tough primary with Danny Tarkanian. What do you make of it?”

GUEST: “I make nothing of it. I think he has sold out the Republicans enough that, unopposed or opposed, I think opposed Danny could have beat him in the primary, and I think Danny could have won the general election. Because the way Rosen ran against Danny in the Congressional race, and a lot of people realize that she’s been dishonest. But Heller has just completely sold out his base. And he’s not going to get enough—he’s depressed his base—he’s not going to get enough of them out there to vote for him come the general election. And the Democrats are energized. He’s not going back to Washington. Heller’s done.”