Horsford endorses Biden

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Joe Biden and Steven Horsford. (Photo: Horsford campaign FB page)
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Joe Biden and Steven Horsford. (Photo: Horsford campaign FB page)

Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford endorsed Joe Biden for president Friday.

“I’ll be supporting Joe Biden for President. He is ready to do the job of president on day one. And Joe knows Nevada,” Horsford said in an announcement.

Horsford is the second Democrat in Nevada’s congressional delegation to endorse Biden. Rep. Dina Titus endorsed the former vice president in November, when she became the first member of Congress from one of the early states in the nominating process to endorse a candidate.

The other Democrats in Nevada’s congressional delegation, Rep. Susie Lee and Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, have not endorsed a candidate.

In his statement Friday, Horsford reiterated the argument, frequently made by Nevada Democrats, that Nevada is more representative of the nation than Iowa or New Hampshire.

“While there’s so much attention on Iowa and New Hampshire as the first two early presidential states, Nevada best reflects the face of America, who we are today and who we will continue to be in the years to come,” Horsford said.

“No matter who you support, we all want the same thing, to restore our democracy and defeat Donald Trump in November,” Horsford said.

In an interview with the Current in January, Horsford said he was uncertain about endorsing prior to the caucus. He said if he did endorse it would be a reflection of what people in his district want.

Horsford is a former CEO of the Culinary Academy. The academy is the Culinary union’s center for training people for resort industry jobs.

Biden has been endorsed by another former Culinary official, former political director Yvanna Cancela, now a Democratic state senator. Cancela endorsed Biden last April 2019 shortly after Biden announced his candidacy.

After months of candidates wooing the Culinary, the union announced Thursday it would not be endorsing a candidate.

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.