August 24, 2017 Press Releases

“Lukewarm” Reception for Senator Heller at Tense Hispanics in Politics Breakfast


by Nevada Democrats

Constituents berated Heller for dodging questions and avoiding town halls in Las Vegas, Heller scurried out the back door


KLAS Las Vegas: Sen. Heller received lukewarm reception at speaking event in Las Vegas

By: Patrick Walker
Posted: Aug 23, 2017

KEY POINTS

  • However, the public's reception of Sen. Heller was lukewarm during the 40-minute speech and question and answer session. In fact, some people had to be escorted out of the event. Three people loudly interrupted Senator Heller during his 15 minutes of prepared remarks.
  • Attendee: "Are you going to support the DREAM Act?! Are you going to support all the DACA students in our state?! Yes or no!"
  • "C'mon guys! Who are you working for Senator Heller," another attendee who interrupted Heller said. "Who are you working for?"
  • Susan Florian attended the event, and she said, although Heller talked about those topics, he didn't really say much. "I thought that a lot of people asked a lot of really hard questions, and he dodged most of them," Florian said.
  • Florian says the pent-up frustration comes because Heller hasn't hosted any town halls in southern Nevada. "There was a lot of frustration in the room, just because I feel like he hasn't had a town hall yet, even though people have asked him to have a town hall," said Florian.

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Las Vegas Review-Journal: Heller talks immigration, health care with Las Vegas Latinos

By Jessie Bekker
August 23, 2017

KEY POINTS

  • At a Wednesday morning breakfast hosted by the state’s oldest Latino political organization, a local clean energy advocate asked U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., when he’d finally host a town hall sans entrance fee. Heller ignored the question and left the building.
  • The senator, who has largely been absent from the public eye in Las Vegas in recent months, appeared at the Hispanics in Politics’ twice-monthly breakfast meeting at Dona Maria Tamales Restaurant on Las Vegas Boulevard South.
  • Critics in the crowd briefly interrupted Heller to decry what they called his lack of support for public health insurance in Nevada and for immigrants living in the state, then escorted themselves out. Heller went out the restaurant’s back door around 9 a.m., as soon as the question-and-answer session ended.
  • Nevada’s Sen. Dean Heller is widely considered to be one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the Senate in next year’s midterm election.

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