Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010 | 4:29 p.m.
In one of his first acknowledgements that he has a general election opponent, Republican Brian Sandoval today sent out a press release accusing Democrat Rory Reid of ignoring his job as county commissioner in favor of campaigning for governor.
The Sandoval campaign found 140 votes Reid has missed in the past 19 months.
“Clark County taxpayers probably aren’t going to be too happy to realize they are essentially paying him to run for Governor,” Sandoval spokeswoman Mary-Sarah Kinner said. “Clearly, Rory Reid believes it’s more important to campaign for a new job than do his current job.”
The 140 missed votes, however, represent an estimated 3 percent of the 4,000 or more votes by the commission in that time period. County commission meetings typically last between six and eight hours.
Reid’s campaign said he has missed only two meetings since January 2009. The rest of the missed votes occurred when Reid took a break to “get a drink of water, make a phone call or check on one of his kids,” spokesman Mike Trask said.
“It is absolutely ridiculous for a man who’s quit more jobs than anybody in Nevada and who has been running around the state avoiding public scrutiny for the past eight months to be all that concerned about other people’s schedules,” Trask said about Sandoval.
The press release was the first general election attack launched by Sandoval, who has largely refused to engage Reid. Sandoval has a substantial lead in the polls.