Last week, Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt told Las Vegas’ 8 News Now that he couldn’t renounce the endorsement of Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro because it would “prejudge” the investigation his office was conducting into the sheriff’s conduct, even though he was scheduled to campaign with Antinoro that weekend. Today, a new report from The Nevada Independent shows Laxalt’s office may not even be investigating the sheriff at all, according to multiple people who say Laxalt’s office told them they were not moving forward with an investigation.
Antinoro, who has endorsed Laxalt’s gubernatorial bid, was found by an independent investigation to have sexually harassed an employee, who is now suing him. Additionally, the sheriff has been accused of “numerous….more than 10” acts of misconduct, including sexual harassment, by other subordinates, and was accused of rape.
WATCH: Adam Laxalt told reporters he wouldn’t renounce Antinoro’s endorsement because of his office’s ongoing investigation: “I’m not going to do or say anything until that investigation is complete. And I think if I were to come out and unendorse or endorse at this stage of the game, it would either predict or prejudge the investigation.”
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“There is nothing Laxalt won’t do to protect his political supporters, including lie directly to Nevadans about pursuing justice for Gerald Antinoro’s victims. Laxalt owes Nevadans the truth about whether his office is actually investigating this alleged rapist and serial sexual harasser — or if this is all just a sham so Laxalt can continue to avoid disavowing his political ally.”