Democrats make fun of Heller headgear purchase

By: - August 9, 2018 4:25 pm
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Screenshot from Heller’s second quarter campaign finance report.

The Nevada State Democratic Party is making fun of Sen. Dean Heller for an unusual campaign expenditure: $217 worth of Make America Great Again hats.

The group mocked the purchase, and said it was improperly marked on the Federal Election Commission second quarter report as “MAGA Hats” instead of attributing the expenses to the “Trump Make America Great Again Committee.”

“The same politician who was once so disgusted by Trump’s rhetoric that he rejected Trump’s donation is now spending hundreds of dollars on MAGA hats,” Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel said in a statement.

Heller hasn’t always been a Trump supporter.

During a 2015 interview with The Washington Post, Heller said, “Let’s be very clear. I do not support Trump.” When pressed about the potential of Trump being the Republican nominee, he added “I will support the nominee of our party, some more enthusiastically than others.”

While Trump has been in office, Heller has voted 92 percent in line with Trump’s positions, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis.

Trump has also thrown support toward Heller. He travelled to Las Vegas June 23 to campaign and raise money for him, while also addressing the state GOP convention.

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Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.