Over a year after lieutenant governor candidate Michael Roberson began a fruitless crusade to thwart the will of the voters and recall three women state senators for purely political gain, we now know about how much Roberson’s recalls cost Nevadans — and what that money could have gone towards if Roberson hadn’t taken it to advance his political agenda.
In April, the NV Dems filed public records requests with the Nevada secretary of state, Nevada attorney general, and Clark County registrar to find out the total amount of taxpayer dollars wasted on the bogus attempt to recall State Sens. Joyce Woodhouse, Nicole Cannizzaro, and Patricia Farley. Months later, based on responses of estimated and hard costs from the three offices, we now know that Roberson wasted about $45,000 of taxpayer money on his shameless, partisan recall campaign.
Here are just a few important things that money could have gone toward were it not for Roberson’s self-serving power grab:
- Total yearly educational investment in five Nevada students
- Annual salary for a teacher in Clark County
- Annual salary for a school psychologist in Clark County
- Salary for a seasonal firefighter in Northern Nevada
- Annual salary for a police dispatcher in White Pine County
Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“The fact that Michael Roberson took taxpayer dollars from a child’s education, a teacher’s salary, or public safety to advance his political agenda is shameful and appalling. Roberson owes an explanation to all Nevadans about why he thought his shameless, partisan power grab was more valuable than educating Nevada’s children or keeping our communities safe.”
Responses to the NV Dems’ public records requests can be found here: Office of the Secretary of State (staff time and material cost), Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Clark County Registrar.