Former Ms. Nevada added to roster at Laxalt political picnic

katie jo has a hat
(Fox News screen grab)
katie jo has a hat
(Fox News screen grab)

Former Nevada Attorney General and failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt’s political action committee has added a former Ms. Nevada to the roster of speakers at the PAC’s “Basque Fry.”

Las Vegan Katie Williams was stripped of her Nevada title by the Ms. America pageant earlier this month after pageant officials determined Williams had combined pageant promotion and her support for Donald Trump’s views on social media, in violation of the pageant’s “No Politics” eligibility requirements.

Since losing her title, Williams has been hailed as a martyr and a heroine by Fox News and other media outlets on the right.

“Katie has emerged as a courageous leader in the fight against efforts to silence conservative voices in our country — garnering attention from across national media outlets — and we are honored to have her share her important message with her fellow Nevadans at this year’s Basque Fry,” Laxalt said in a email Tuesday announcing Williams had been added to the list of political figures speaking at his PAC’s Saturday, Sept. 14 event at a ranch near Gardnerville. “You won’t want to miss out on your chance to hear from her,” said Laxalt, who is the president of the Morning in Nevada PAC.

Others scheduled to speak at the event include former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandoski, former Trump administration acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, and Trump administration acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

The political picnic is also coupled with a conference hosted by Laxalt’s PAC and and the American Conservative Union, which will be held in Reno on Friday, Sept. 13.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


  1. I haven’t been this angry since Mamie Eisenhower lost out as Miss Congeniality to Jackie Kennedy in the 1960 pageant. At least Mamie went on to win the bathing suit competition.


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