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February 21, 2018 News

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada AG Adam Laxalt no longer listed as speaker for NRA event


by Colton Lochhead

Adam Laxalt was listed as a speaker for a major National Rifle Association event, but the Nevada attorney general’s name and face have been wiped from the event’s website.

Laxalt, also a Republican candidate for governor, appeared on the event’s website this week as a scheduled speaker for the May 4 NRA Annual Leadership Forum — which touts itself as a “must-stop for candidates seeking the highest levels of elected office” — along with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, political commentator Tomi Lahren and Chris Cox, the NRA’s top lobbyist.

By Wednesday, Laxlat’s name and photo were no longer on the event’s site. Scott’s name and photo are also gone.

The change came just days after 17 people were killed in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

The NRA did not return requests for comment about the change. Laxalt’s campaign said his participation in the NRA event had not been confirmed when the NRA posted him as a speaker.

“It is too far out to know what our schedule looks like,” Laxalt campaign spokesman Andy Matthews said.

Nevada Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla attacked Laxalt’s scheduled appearance, saying “he’s more committed to the gun lobby than to keeping children safe.”

“Laxalt’s weak attempt to distance himself from the NRA after the Nevada Dems called him out is evidence of his pathetic endeavor to conceal how right-wing and out of touch he truly is,” Kalla added.

Laxalt spoke at the NRA event last year.

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