Ousted former Interior secretary added to Basque Fry’s “incredible lineup”

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Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (National Park Service photo)
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Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (National Park Service photo)

Former Nevada Attorney General and failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt’s political action committee has added former Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke to the “incredible lineup of All-Star conservative speakers” at the PACs “Basque Fry” September 14.

Zinke resigned from his cabinet post in December amid numerous ethics probes, including an investigation in connection with Interior blocking a tribal casino opening in Connecticut after Zinke was lobbied by the tribes’ competitor, MGM Resorts. MGM has since sued the federal government for allowing the tribes to move forward with the project.

This is the fifth year Laxalt has hosted the political picnic which, according to the event’s promotional materials, aims to “take our state back from Nevada’s radical, reckless Democrats.”

Others scheduled to speak at the event include former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandoski, former Trump administration acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Trump administration acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Katie Williams, who was stripped of her title as Ms. Nevada earlier this year. 

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

Jeniffer Solis
Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.


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