Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo is running as Republican for governor, apparently under the theory that anyone is better than Sisolak. Well, only marginally so. Frankly, I think Lombardo has done a crappy job and is just a casino sheriff, which means he will be the casino's governor, not yours.
I'm past the point of voting for people just because they aren't a Democrat. Lombardo might as well be a Democrat given his stance on guns (the issue we care about here). If we can get enough Republican senators to block any terrible bills in 2023, let's do that instead.
Lombardo was invited to be a guest of the Nevada Firearms Coalition PAC to do a Q&A. Now, for reasons having to do with maintaining a political relationship, the questions were softened up. The hardballs that many of the members wanted to throw were blunted. I don't like it, but I understand why the lobbyist had to do it.
Despite his vehement insistence that (banging on the table) "I support the Second Amendment!" it's clear he doesn't. Lombardo expressed support for banning private gun sales (universal background checks) and prioritizes officer safety over gun rights. He really couldn't give an example of gun control he doesn't support. Remember how he wanted to ban "high capacity" magazines?
And on top of all of this, he clearly doesn't care enough about citizen's being able to protect themselves to get CCWs out in a timely manner. Counting scheduling the fingerprint appointment, it's taking Metro beyond the statutory 120 days to issue CCWs (the sheriffs count from when you turn in your application and fingerprints, not when you schedule your appointment).
He was not supported by the rank and file in his last election. He also decided to switch to an encrypted radio system (or at least turn it on) after October 1, presumably because people recorded what an S-show the response was. Though that is not his fault, covering up police radio traffic en masse like that against popular opinion is bad. We don't need an autocrat running the state.
Does this guy really deserve your support as a governor? He would be Sisolak but from a different party. There are better people out there who would do a better job. Lombardo needs to retire.
Clayton E. Cramer
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