National right-wing group wants Laxalt to topple Amodei in CD2

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Adam Laxalt, left, and Mark Amodei.
watch your back mark!
Adam Laxalt, left, and Mark Amodei.

A national right-wing political action committee released a poll Thursday showing Rep. Mark Amodei would lose to failed gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt in a Republican primary for Amodei’s congressional seat in Nevada’s 2nd congressional district.

Amodei “has failed to support conservative principles as well as President Trump during his time in office, and Nevada voters recognize that,” said Club for Growth PAC President David Mcintosh in a release announcing the poll. If Laxalt were to enter the race, “he already has a lead, and that lead would grow as voters are reminded of Amodei’s support of Democrats and the sham impeachment,” Mcintosh said.

The poll commissioned by Club for Growth showed Laxalt leading Amodei 39 percent to 35 percent, which is within the poll’s 4.9 percent margin of error. When voters “learn that Mark Amodei supports the House inquiry into impeaching President Trump and said that he is, quote, a big fan of oversight” Laxalt’s lead over Amodei grows to 56 percent to 29 percent, according to the poll memo.

The poll memo doesn’t make clear exactly what phrasing was used to render voters “informed” of Amodei’s position on the impeachment inquiry. Following comments Amodei made to Nevada media in which he said of the impeachment inquiry, “let’s put it through the process and see what happens,” Amodei scurried to clarify that does not mean he supports the impeachment inquiry.

Laxalt issued a statement Thursday saying he is not running against Amodei.

Earlier this week, the Trump campaign announced that Laxalt would be one of the campaign’s Nevada chairs. Amodei was Trump’s Nevada chairman in 2016. Amodei is blaming his exclusion on “fake news,” by which Amodei was referring to national news stories saying he supported the impeachment inquiry.

Club for Growth was among the many right-wing groups who opposed Trump’s nomination in 2016, but like so many elected Republicans who publicly opposed Trump in 2016, the group has since fully embraced him.

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.