The race for Senator Dean Heller’s Senate seat is getting interesting, if for no other reason than the split between the Trumpets and the Party is on full display. Witness Heller’s campaign co-chair leveling finance improprieties charges at the Tarkanian campaign:
“Danny Tarkanian made an “illegal corporate contribution” from a nonprofit he runs to his 2012 congressional campaign, according to a complaint filed the Federal Elections Commission.
The complaint follows a report from KLAS-TV that detailed how $40,000 went from Tarkanian’s charity basketball organization to his campaign during his 2012 bid for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District. The FEC complaint was filed by Collier Azare, who is a campaign co-chair for Dean Heller, who Tarkanian is challenging in this year’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate.” [LVRJ] [KLAS]
This one presumes, would allow the Heller Forces to charge unethical conduct on the part of Tarkanian the Lesser, since the ethical limits of Tarkanian the Elder, of towel chewing fame, at Long Beach State, UNLV, and Fresno State, have been a topic of conversations in the public domain — from barstool occupants to barristers.
Tarkanian the Lesser’s move into the media spotlight is a mixed blessing for the Heller camp. On one hand, Tarkanian the Lesser’s trumpian-radical politics will amplify the Heller campaign’s message that Heller, much evidence to the contrary, is the Moderate in the race. This is fine for the general election, however Heller has to plow through the mud flat that is the Nevada Republican primary on June 12, 2018.
Primaries have not had a particularly high level of interest of late in the Silver State; the 2014 Primary drew a total turnout of 19.25% of Nevada’s registered voters, which was better than the 18.87% who voted in the 2012 Primary, and better still than the paltry 15.12% of voters who decided to participate in the 2010 version. [SoS] We can probably guess that the Republicans who chose to vote in the Primaries were highly motivated, and perhaps interested in hyper-conservative positions? Low turnout among Nevada Republicans doesn’t seem to be a good thing for Heller’s campaign.
However, things aren’t looking all that pleasant for the prospects of Tarkanian the Lesser, the White House isn’t supporting him, his fundraising is relatively weak, and his message is a narrow pitch to a narrow sliver of the electorate. It will be interesting to see who shows up for the GOP Primary in June.