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Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Laxalt Still Protecting Alleged Rapist Endorser

Attorney General Adam Laxalt is entering the general election wounded by the scandal surrounding his support of Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro, an alleged rapist and admitted sexual harasser. Here’s a quick recap of Laxalt doing everything he can to avoid disavowing a sexual predator:

  • First, Laxalt refused for weeks to answer questions about Antinoro’s endorsement, even walking away from a voter who attempted to talk to him.

  • When he was finally pressed on camera by KLAS and couldn’t run away from the question, Laxalt still refused to denounce Antinoro, dismissing criticism as “political theatrics.” He snubbed the chance to disavow an accused rapist and admitted sexual harasser, citing his office’s ongoing investigation as reason he couldn’t renounce Antinoro’s endorsement.

  • Laxalt was scheduled to campaign with Antinoro in Storey County the very next weekend, until Antinoro backed out of the event at the last minute, giving bogus excuses for his decision — despite the fact that he was planning to emcee the event.

  • Last week, serious questions were raised on whether Laxalt’s office is actually investigating Antinoro like he said it was. Multiple stakeholders in the investigation say they haven’t been contacted by his office, and his staff refuse to confirm the existence of an investigation. The Nevada Independent filed a public records request to obtain any proof of an actual investigation.

  • All the while, Laxalt has been dogged on the campaign trail by Nevadans demanding answers for his continued protection of a sexual predator.

Laxalt accepted and continues to tout Antinoro’s endorsement despite the fact that his shocking record of misconduct has been public knowledge since at least 2016, when citizens successfully petitioned to recall him over his demonstrated pattern of sexual predation and unethical conduct, including findings from an independent investigation that concluded he sexually harassed his employee and “numerous….more than 10” acts of misconduct against subordinates.

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

“Adam Laxalt can’t go anywhere without being asked about his inexplicable support of a demonstrated sexual predator. Nevadans are wondering what Antinoro has on Laxalt that he is risking his campaign to protect this small-town sheriff — or if Laxalt is really just that callously indifferent to victims of workplace sexual harassment and alleged rape. As Laxalt prepares for the general election, voters are still demanding answers about why he’s failed to seek justice for Storey County women.”

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