In September, President Donald Trump held a Make America Great Again rally in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also stumped for GOP candidates in the state, including the Nevada Attorney General and Republican candidate for Governor, Adam Laxalt.
Trump also tweeted his endorsement for gubernatorial candidate Laxalt. Twice.
Once in June…
I strongly endorse Adam Laxalt for Governor of Nevada. Adam is smart, works hard, and knows how to win. He will be a great Governor. Also, will fight hard to lower your taxes and is tough on crime!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2018
…and again in October prior to a second Trump rally that was held in Elko, Nevada.
Heading to Nevada to help a man who has become a good friend, Senator Dean Heller. He is all about #MAGA and I need his Help and Talent in Washington. Also, Adam Laxalt will be a GREAT GOVERNOR, and has my complete and total Endorsement. Winners Both!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2018
But not everyone is endorsing Laxalt. In fact, one group that strongly opposes Adam Laxalt for Governor surprised people when they voiced their opposition in an OpEd in the Reno Gazette Journal.
Twelve members of candidate Laxalt’s family wrote why they think he is not the right person to be Nevada’s Governor. Their main concern?
Adam Laxalt did not grow up and rarely spent any time in Nevada until he decided to begin his political career. His family began their OpEd stating:
“The decision to write this column has not been an easy one for us. We are writing as members of the Laxalt family who have spent our lives in Nevada, and feel compelled to protect our family name from being leveraged and exploited by Adam Laxalt, the Republican candidate for governor.”
“Like most Nevadans, the idea of family is important to us, and we are proud of the history that our family has in our state. The first generation of Laxalts came to Nevada as immigrants 100 years ago, and their children went on to be parts of the Nevada community—as politicians and writers and teachers and in many other ways.”
“Over the years, we’ve always supported our family, even when we haven’t always agreed with them or their politics. But as this Election Day nears, we feel compelled to speak publicly about why we believe that Adam Laxalt is the wrong choice for Nevada’s governorship.”
“There are many specific, well-documented reasons why we believe this to be the case.”
Laxalt’s family began with their primary concern, his lack of connection to Nevada.
“First, for those of us who were actually raised in Nevada, it’s difficult to hear him continue to falsely claim that he was raised in Nevada or has any true connections to Nevadans. The simple fact is that while he may have been born in Reno, he left as an infant and was raised on the East Coast, 3,000 miles away, in Washington, D.C., and moved here only in 2013, only one year later launching his political career.”
“Aside from the occasional short visit, Adam never knew the state or its people. Perhaps if he had, he would stand for Nevada’s values rather than for those of his out-of-state donors.”
Later in their OpEd, they reiterated their point by stating:
“[Adam Laxalt] moved to Nevada in 2013 so that he could lean on the reputation of a family that he hardly knew while tapping into support by donors who had no interest in our state or its people.”
The GOP candidate’s family then criticized their relatives sincerity.