Nevada Assembly Minority Leader Supporting Sandoval in GOP Governor Primary

CARSON CITY – Nevada Assembly Minority Leader Heidi Gansert, R-Reno, said today she is supporting Brian Sandoval in the 2010 GOP primary race for governor.

Gansert made her comments during an interview on Nevada NewsMakers.

Gansert said Sandoval, who stepped down as a U.S. district judge to enter the primary against Gov. Jim Gibbons and former North Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon, will help the Republican Party attract support from a broader base of voters.

Some members of the Republican Party will continue to support Gibbons because of his no new taxes pledge, Gansert said.

“But again, our tent needs to be bigger,” she said. “I think that Brian Sandoval really could help motivate people to come to the polls on behalf of Republicans in a future election.”

Gansert said she believes there would be an advantage for a Republican candidate in the general election who appeals to the masses, not just to far right conservatives.

“I think there are many Republicans who are looking for a new type of leadership, someone who is a consensus builder, someone who will reach out for solutions, someone who is not going to stand on just one pledge,” she said. “And I think that we have that in Brian Sandoval.”

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