Nevada Democrats need to issue draft cards. It’s wartime for democracy.
The party should print draft cards (at union shops, of course), which their members can send to HQ or post at a new website.
Those patriots can volunteer to be drafted in support of Clark County Commissioner Christine Giunchigliani for governor, Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-LV, for U.S. Senate, and Assemblymember Theresa Benitez-Thompson, D-Reno, for Congress.
Congressman Kihuen spoke at last Wednesday’s DC press conference alongside Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. Being groomed to run against Sen. Dean Heller next year, perhaps? As I noted to Barbwire Confidential subscribers (see BallotBoxing.US/), at a lunch for die-hards last month before his address to a joint session of the legislature, Kihuen said he’s keeping all 2018 options open.
He’s not even a member of the Intelligence Committee but was nonetheless given facetime at a national press conference.
“Look, enough is enough,” he said on the May 17 PBS Newshour, adding that “President Trump’s unchecked and reckless behavior is impacting the national security of the United States of America.”
CHRIS G. STANDS FOR GUV. If Chris Giunchigliani becomes the Democratic nominee for governor next year, those two at the top of the ticket will super-charge the most highly motivated liberal constituencies in the age of Tsar Donaldov Vladimirovitch Trumpsky.
MOTHER TERESA FOR CONGRESS. Current Nevada Assembly Majority Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson’s profession is counseling the sick and dying. Wow. As third runnerup in 2003, she did better than any Nevadan ever in the Miss America pageant. (Wonder if she met El Presidénte?)
The northwest Reno Democrat has four gorgeous little kids and is married to popular KOLO TV-8 Chief Meteorologist Jeff Thompson.
The Congressionial District 2 seat has been gerrymandered Republican since fabrication by the 1981 legislature. The Donkeyites had three good chances, actually trending toward big wins twice. State Sen. Mary Gojack, D-Reno, and Reno Mayor Pete Sferrazza had Republican Rep. Barbara Vucanovich soundly beaten in 1982 and 1992, respectively. Last-minute campaign management mistakes reversed their trends.
Former University of Nevada Regent Jill Derby had a shot in 2006 when Rep. Jim the Dim ran for governor. Alas, she campaigned like a conservative Republican and was trounced by now-Sen. Dean Heller.
Nine in 10 CD2 voters live in the Washoe-Carson strip, which went super-blue last year. Since I move to these parts in 1971, Washoe has always been Nevada’s hotbed of liberalism. Look at who we elect to the ledge vs. some of the hardcore Democratic religious conservatives from LV.
Those elements combined with the Trump backlash pre-dispose a Donkeyite sweep next year. The old cliché still applies: Democrats don’t win elections, Republicans lose them.
Next year is D for the taking if the Dems don’t again commit suicide.
PRONUNCIATION KEY: “June-chill-yawn-ee” and “Key-when.” When? Now, dammit!
DOWN AMNESIA LANE. Eminent Nevada author David Toll hearkens back to the history of his legendary Gold Hill News this Thursday evening at Carson City’s Nevada State Museum. Details with this column at Barbwire.US/
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.
Andrew Barbano is a 48-year Nevadan and editor of NevadaLabor.com. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org> Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.