Today, Nevada attorney general and GOP candidate for governor Adam Laxalt belatedly endorsed Sen. Dean Heller for re-election… but it’s “well known” that Heller wishes he was the one running for governor in 2018. In 2016, Heller confirmed he was thinking about a bid for governor, but after confronting Laxalt about his intention, Laxalt wouldn’t back down – effectively scaring off Heller. And now, after declining to endorse Heller in his primary campaign against Danny Tarkanian, Laxalt finally announced his endorsement of Senator Heller for his second-choice job.
As Jon Ralston put it: “It is well known in political circles that Heller wanted to move home and run for governor but was scared off by conservative darling Adam Laxalt, the attorney general. He doesn’t relish the job of being a U.S. senator — and it shows.”
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“Dean Heller hates his job and lacks the commitment it takes to be Nevada’s senator, and this endorsement is just a reminder that Heller has no real interest in serving another term. From his shifting stances and lack of convictions, to his desperate efforts to avoid the press and his constituents, it’s clear Sen. Heller doesn’t really want to be a senator. Nevada voters will fulfill Heller’s wishes and send him home in 2018.”