Toni Milano, Elko Daily Free Press Oct 4, 2021
ELKO – Adam Laxalt visited Elko Saturday on his campaign kick-off tour as a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
Laxalt met with local Republicans at the Coffee Mug to wrap up the first day of his campaign tour in Northern Nevada. He spoke about his reasons for returning to the campaign trail in a bid to unseat incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev.
“As I’m traveling the state, I haven’t seen this kind of animation and energy and concern for where we’re headed in a long, long time,” he said. “People know it’s now or never. If we don’t step up now, there will be no state. There will be country to save.”
He urged the audience to “stand up [so] we can make a difference” through electing representatives to office, noting the U.S. Senate was currently split 50/50 among Democrats and Republicans.
“It doesn’t take a majority to save the country. It takes a strong, vocal minority,” Laxalt said, pointing to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who Laxalt knew from serving in the Navy.
“He was single-handedly standing against the media, Fauci, all the bureaucrats, everything and doing what was right for his state,” he explained. “That gave courage to other Republican governors [who said] ‘If Ron DeSantis can do it, maybe it’s safe for me to stick behind what’s right.’”
“That shows you if we get conservatives in places like the U.S. Senate and the House that are willing to show us a different path,” Laxalt continued, “we can transform these institutions and lead this party in a different direction. That’s what I’ll do if you send me to the United States Senate.”
Locally, Laxalt said his goal was to build “an operation that will motivate people and turn people out,” pointing to lower Republican voter turnout in the 2018 election. He said he noticed “a Red Wave-type environment” taking place. “We think one of the most important things in 2022 is to make sure we get conservatives fired up, and we make sure we get all of our people to turn out,” Laxalt added. https://elkodaily.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/adam-laxalt-visits-elko-republican-constituents/article_1af99ebe-9998-5d9c-8e17-99081bbe1c1a.html
If Republicans gain control of the Senate in the upcoming election, Laxalt said, “the Liberal agenda stops.”
“Right now, we face a catastrophic move to the Left as a country. People are very, very concerned that every value they believe in, whether it’s our Constitutional system, whether it’s the importance of the rule of law, whether it’s the importance of supporting our law enforcement” [is] under assault right now, he added.
He was also critical of Cortez Masto’s voting to appoint Montana environmentalist Tracy Stone-Manning as Bureau of Land Management director. “My opponent Masto just voted to approve an eco-terrorist to run the BLM. If I’m the United States Senator and Republicans have the majority, that person would not have been voted in to be the BLM director,” Laxalt stated.
For voters concerned about the “$3.5 trillion and this new Mining Royalty Tax,” Laxalt said if he was in the Senate and the Republicans get control of the Senate, he promised, “there is no way on earth that is going through.”
He also disagreed with changes in Nevada law that switched to mail-in ballots for the 2020 election, saying “the Democrats three months before the election went into a special session, and they radically changed our voting system.”
“In fact, ballot harvesting was a felony before [the Legislature] went and changed these rules. They did this with no Republican support. They made people have less trust in our system, and we simply weren’t ready for it,” he added.
Laxalt’s stop in Elko was the first day of a 10-day statewide tour to build support for his campaign. He faces Army veteran Sam Brown, healthcare executive William Hockstedler, and Sharelle Mendenhall, a pageant winner and talent agency owner, for the Republican ticket.