sending out today’s Silver State Confidential, it was brought to my attention
that Minority Leader Who Would Be Speaker Pat “The Appeaser” Hickey will not be
seeking an early leadership election in a teleconference tonight, but has scheduled
a caucus meeting in Las Vegas for tomorrow night – a full week before the
election was originally scheduled.
letter to caucus members, Hickey writes…
decades of being in the Minority Party in the Nevada Assembly, we now must prepare
for our new status as a ‘governing party.’With this challenge comes the immediate responsibility of organizing and
selecting LCB staff, office arrangements, the orientation of a large class of
freshman legislators, and the critical training of new Committee Chair and Vice
this end, I am moving the planned Caucus meeting scheduled for Nov. 15th, to tomorrow,
Nov. 7th in Las Vegas @ 5:30 PM.
purpose of this meeting will be to select an Assembly Majority Leader [Speaker
Designate] and Majority Floor Leader for the purposes of beginning organizational
plans for the 78th Session. Following a vote on Caucus leadership, there will
be discussion about the appointment of Speaker Pro Tempe, the Majority Whips
and the selection of Session Committee Chairs and Vice Chair positions.”
is quite clear that Hickey is desperately trying to get himself elected leader
again quickly before the conservatives and freshmen can coalesce behind a
challenge from Assemblyman Ira Hansen.
and his underlings are also using a combination of carrots and not-so-subtle
sticks to whip undecideds behind him.There’s also a rumor that the meeting is being held in Vegas because
Gov. Brian Sandoval will be here and
likely will make a personal appeal at the meeting for everyone to get behind
knowing Republicans, enough of them will fall for it.
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