Twelve family members of Nevada's Republican nominee for governor slammed his candidacy during in a newspaper column published in the Reno Gazette Journal on Monday.
"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," the column began.
[caption id="attachment_1376315" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The byline of the column published by the 'Reno Gazette Journal' shows the names of a dozen family members.[/caption]
"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 family noted. "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."
"Second, there is the simple question of whether Adam is qualified to head the executive branch in Nevada. His brief experience as a practicing lawyer was described as a 'train wreck by members of his own firm. His tenure in the attorney general’s office has been little more than a four-year publicity tour for his current campaign for governor — in fact, he outsourced jobs in the AG’s office to out-of-state lawyers who were given special exemptions to practice law in Nevada," they continue.
Laxalt is facing possible disbarment by the State Bar of Nevada after failing to disclose an arrest on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.
He was admitted to practice law in 2012 and elected Attorney General in 2014.
"Most concerning are the ethical shortcomings that have come to light while Adam has been attorney general, and his willingness to ignore the law for self-serving political purposes," the family continued. "In his short time in public office, Adam has already demonstrated a servitude to donors and out-of-state interests that puts their concerns ahead of real Nevadans’."
"We’re writing because we care about Nevada and because we know the truth about this candidate. We think that you should, too," they added.
The column was signed by Gabriel Urza, Kevin Nomura, Amy Nomura Solaro, Alexandra Urza, Kevan Danielle Laxalt, Michelle Terese Laxalt, Peter Laxalt, Michelle Janet Laxalt, Dr. Kevin Marie Laxalt, Dr. Kristin Laxalt, Monique Laxalt and Meggan Laxalt Mackey.