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Schwartz to Form Exploratory, Shows Narrow Race With Laxalt

Democrat Chris Giunchigliani is also considering a bid.

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Zach C. Cohen
June 28, 2017, 10:24 a.m.

State Treas­urer Dan Schwartz (R) is “plan­ning to form an ex­plor­at­ory com­mit­tee to test the wa­ters on a gov­ernor bid and is tak­ing com­fort in his in­tern­al poll find­ings.”

A poll “con­duc­ted by Demo­crat­ic cam­paign con­sult­ant Doug Schoen” for Schwartz (June 7-20; 600 Nevadans) found state At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Adam Lax­alt (R) nar­rowly lead­ing Schwartz 34-30% in a hy­po­thet­ic­al primary match­up.

“He said he’d be able to put up half a mil­lion to­ward his gubernat­ori­al cam­paign if he chooses to pur­sue it.”

Schwartz of Lax­alt: “He’s a good guy but I have some is­sues with his philo­sophy. He’s young. He doesn’t have any eco­nom­ic or fin­an­cial ex­per­i­ence. … He wants to be alt right. He’s sort of throw­ing red meat to that wing of the party. … I don’t know what Adam’s mes­sage is. Adam’s mes­sage is ‘I’m a con­ser­vat­ive.’ Well so am I. But can you gov­ern? I just haven’t seen that. … Adam has really de­voted him­self to fed­er­al is­sues and there’s noth­ing wrong with that, but I’m really fo­cused on what’s hap­pen­ing in Nevada.”

“Schwartz said he’s most con­cerned about his abil­ity to beat fel­low former busi­ness­man and cur­rent Clark County Com­mis­sion Chair­man Steve Sis­ol­ak (D). … In a match­up with Sis­ol­ak, … Schwartz said he would play up his op­pos­i­tion to the Las Ve­gas NFL sta­di­um Sis­ol­ak has cham­pioned.”

Schwartz “rattled off a list of goals he’d have if he wins the gov­ernor’s seat in 2018, in­clud­ing pro­mot­ing drones, sol­ar en­ergy and an ad­mit­tedly ‘pie in the sky’ plan to in­stall high-speed rail between Reno and Las Ve­gas. He’s crit­ic­al of Demo­crats for passing on his pro­pos­al to rein in pay­day lenders, and he’s crit­ic­al of” Gov. Bri­an San­dov­al (R) “for not cut­ting a deal with Demo­crat­ic law­makers this ses­sion that would re­vive the ESA pro­gram. … On health care, he de­murred about wheth­er Nevada’s Medi­caid ex­pan­sion was a good idea and said he hadn’t read the Sen­ate’s Obama­care re­place­ment bill.” (Nevada In­de­pend­ent)

TWO PRIMARY CHAL­LENGES? Clark County Com­mis­sion Vice Chair Chris Gi­unchigliani (D) con­firmed on Tues­day that she is “look­ing in­to run­ning” for gov­ernor. (Hot­line re­port­ing)

A “Face­book fan page ur­ging Gi­unchigliani to run for gov­ernor … sprouted” shortly after she de­clared her “ser­i­ous” in­terest last week.

“Sis­ol­ak form­ally entered the gov­ernor’s race Thursday with prom­ises to bring a com­mon-sense ap­proach to the of­fice. … Sis­ol­ak said he spoke to San­dov­al … on Thursday morn­ing.”
Sis­ol­ak: “He’s done an in­cred­ible job. … if I’m for­tu­nate enough to get elec­ted, I would like to con­tin­ue a lot of what he’s done. Through his pop­ular­ity, he has shown that the no-non­sense, com­mon-sense ap­proach — and be­ing kind of in the middle — has served him well and served the state well.” (Nevada In­de­pend­ent)

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