Las Vegas, NV – It’s not often that the Nevada State Democratic Party agrees with Republican elected officials – but it appears we’ve found some common ground with Republican Treasurer Dan Schwartz, who’s now “virtually certain” he’ll run for Governor in 2018. In a new interview with Ray Hagar on Nevada Newsmakers, Treasurer Schwartz said casino billionaire and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson "has bought" Attorney General Adam Laxalt and that ethical questions remain after the controversial incident where Laxalt asked Nevada's top gaming regulator to intervene in a lawsuit on Adelson’s behalf.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Stewart Boss released the following statement:
“As Treasurer Dan Schwartz gears up for 2018, he is raising questions about Adam Laxalt’s integrity as the centerpiece of his argument against the state’s hyper-partisan and self-serving Attorney General. Treasurer Schwartz sees what Nevada voters are clearly going to learn over the course of this campaign: Adam Laxalt is a puppet for his favorite billionaire and biggest campaign donor, and he is too unethical to be Nevada’s next Governor.”
Nevada Newsmakers: State Treasurer Schwartz 'virtually certain' he'll run for governor in 2018
July 19, 2017 - by Ray Hagar
Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz said Wednesday it is "virtually certain" he will run for governor as a Republican in 2018.
Schwartz, speaking on Nevada Newsmakers, said he would officially announce his campaign in about two months.
"I am virtually certain I will do it," Schwartz said about running for governor. "I will probably announce sometime in September and have an exploratory committee in mid-August.
"It looks like this is going to happen," said the one-term treasurer, purported to be a millionaire.
Attorney General Adam Laxalt is considered the front-runner for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. He has already secured the financial backing of Nevada's richest citizen, Las Vegas Sands boss Sheldon Adelson.
Schwartz said he was not concerned about Adelson's financial support of Laxalt: "Sheldon is a good man. I'm not disparaging him. But this world is full of billionaires and full of millionaires. He's not the only guy in town."
Yet Adelson "has bought" Laxalt, Schwartz suggested.
He cited news reports earlier this year that Laxalt, on Adelson's behalf, urged Nevada's top gaming regulator to influence a high-stakes trial between Las Vegas Sands Corp. and its' former Macau CEO.
"I really question, and it is a question and not a statement, as to whether Sheldon has bought Adam," said Schwartz.
Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett, the regulator in question, taped his conversation with Laxalt and turned it over to the FBI.
The FBI determined no crime had been committed by Laxalt, yet Schwartz said ethical questions remain.
"It is a statement of fact that the FBI did not find any criminal activity," Schwartz said. "But there is a real question as to how you are using your position, in this case attorney general, to appear before a public board, which is the Gaming Control Board, and effectively advocate for that board to intervene on behalf of someone else who is not your client.
"That is where the distinction (between crime and ethics) comes in," he said
"Do you think if it were someone else who had not donated $50,000 to his campaign, that Adam would have shown the same intensity of getting a hold of Mr. Burnett?" Schwartz said.
"This to me, makes me even more nervous about the attorney general," Schwartz added. "If you are in the pocket of the state's richest citizen, what does this suggest for your administration if you're elected governor?"
Asked if Laxalt and Roberson are both "in Adelson's pocket," Schwartz said, "I believe they are."