I drove into Fernley today to see if perhaps more campaign signs were sprouting on fences, yards, and street corners. Nevada has some significant elections this year. The incumbent governor is leaving office. One United States Senate seat is up for grabs, although the incumbent, Harry Reid, suggests he would like to hold it. As Senate Majority Leader, it certainly is a powerful position for both Reid and Nevada. Congressman Dean Heller, from District 2, is running for reelection. I did not see even one sign for any candidate on the preceding list.
Try a Yahoo!Search for Nevada’s Congressional District 2. The first item displayed is Wikipedia’s description of Nevada’s largest district in area: all of Nevada outside of Clark County (Las Vegas), and parts of Clark County. The second item covers the prior election, when Jill Derby lost to Dean Heller. Articles after that reflect information on other states, or articles unrelated to the 2010 election. Just like the campaign signs, the upcoming election is generic, not general. Television and radio announcements are realistically a waste of money, since radio transmission is questionable, at best, and television is available only by cable, satellite, and dish. With Lyon County’s more than 18% unemployment rate just reported by FernleyNews.com, television is not predominate on the “need” list.
Driving through neighborhoods and business areas, I noticed far more “for sale” and “for lease” signs than campaign signs. Sadly, many of those signs have been in the same location for more than a year. Strip malls were stripped of their identity before building began, or shortly after it was completed, when it was no longer lucrative for businesses to move into Fernley, Silver Springs, or Yerington, Lyon County’s major cities.
There have been some requests for contributions. Calls receive a “no.” Letters are shredded. Campaign literature has been trickling in, but it has been local, with the exception of one flyer that looked like it should have been for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Rory (Rory prefers to use his first name, to avoid confusion with his important father, whose last name is Reid), but was actually sent by the RGA (Republican Governors Association) Nevada PAC, Washington, D. C. The flyer tells me where to find out more about Rory: REIDTHEFACTS.COM.
I would prefer something with factual, verifiable information about the Republican candidate. Since his own party is hesitant to send anything with his name (it is not mentioned anywhere on the flyer), I will announce it: Brian Sandoval. With the cute video the RGA did for Rory earlier this year, and the flier that identifies the Democratic candidate by name, Rory is getting a lot of free advertising. Clark County controls the statewide election, so it makes sense for campaign funds to flow in Las Vegas. I wonder if the voters in Vegas were treated to the same flyer I received? I have to admit that I am baffled about the lack of Sandoval’s name being drummed through households.
Yesterday, a flyer arrived urging us to vote for Randazzo for Lieutenant Governor. He has a 25-year plan to diversify our state’s economy. Wow! He is going to put our economy back on track. The flyer says so. The front picture looks like Al Gore behind a desk, speaking condescendingly to a partial picture of a blonde.
In my opinion, twenty-five years to fix the problem is extreme. Some will not be around to see if Randazzo has kept his ambiguous pledge. Our statewide and nationwide economy is already diversified. Those who have lost their homes, cars, families, and self-respect due to unemployment would prefer immediate jobs, and a recall of jobs that have been sent by companies to other countries because of salary, tax, and insurance savings.
Randazzo’s flyer has a union label. I remember when that meant something, too.
The above is an opinion of the author, and should not be construed as a formal endorsement of any political party or candidate.
Lyon County NV News, Regional, Lyon Struggles with highest unemployment rate in NV
RGA, YouTube, Rory Reid’s name used in an ad?