Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt has placed a six-figure statewide television buy on both broadcast and cable networks through the primary election. Just last week, Laxalt bragged to supporters about being “in a good position” and not needing to “spend money” on TV ads in the primary. Laxalt’s sudden desperation to raise his visibility comes after months of hiding from voters across the state in order to conceal his extreme right wing views and dismal record as attorney general.
Laxalt has been playing defense for weeks against mounting questions about his endorsement from alleged rapist and admitted sexual harasser Gerald Antinoro, the Storey County sheriff who’s being sued by a former employee and has received “numerous” complaints of misconduct ranging from sexual harassment to wrongful termination. Laxalt has been silent on his controversial supporter despite being asked to investigate him, even turning his back on a voter who was finally able to ask Laxalt about his relationship with Antinoro directly.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“Laxalt’s total reversal after bragging about not needing to buy airtime indicates that he’s scared of losing his primary after spending weeks running from questions about his support from a sexual predator. Laxalt’s controlled TV ads won’t be enough to make voters forget about his refusal to answer their questions about his horrible record.”