Tea Party Express Calls for Conservative ‘Placeholder’
Grassroots group asks Governor to avoid forcing a Special Election
The Tea Party Express today called on Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to appoint a distinguished Nevadan as an interim appointment to the vacant U.S. Senate seat so voters can have an unbiased final say in the elections of 2012.
Under Nevada law the Governor must appoint a successor to replace Senator John Ensign, who announced his resignation from the U.S. Senate as of May 2nd. Speculation is that Sandoval is interested in appointing Congressman Dean Heller to the vacant Senate seat.
Such an appointment would create a House vacancy at an inopportune time as the Congress is addressing the serious debt and excessive spending of the federal government. In addition, because Nevada has not had experience with Special Elections, it is an uncertain process to select a replacement to Heller.
Since historically around the country, appointed U.S. Senators have fared poorly in efforts to get re-elected in their own right, it makes more sense for the Governor to appoint a conservative Nevadan to fill out the remaining term of Senator Ensign, rather than put an appointed Senator in great jeopardy of not winning re-election in 2012.
The Tea Party Express suggests that distinguished Nevadans such as former Governor Bob List and former Treasurer Bob Seale would make outstanding interim appointments. They could serve with great distinction for the next two years, and Nevada would be continuously represented in the House and Senate without the disruption of a Special Election.
Some have suggested the law be interpreted or changed so that political party caucuses would be used to select nominees. We are opposed to any process that favors political insiders over the views and interests of the conservative voters of the state.