Former County GOP Officers Get National Media Attention for Op Ed Calling on Ensign to Resign

Such is the power of “new media,” Dear Readers.

Write a scathing op-ed about a prominent Republican senator, convince the publisher of an online news site to post it — and Bam! you’re headlining in stories at Politico, CBS News, the New York Times and (gasp!) even Huffington Post.

Here’s the op-ed piece by former Clark County GOP Chairman Richard Scotti and former Clark County GOP Treasurer Swadeep Nigam.  In was posted Thursday at Nevada News & Views and in a nutshell, it called on Senator John Ensign to resign, like, yesterday.  An excerpt:

“We are on the verge of great victory come November, but the most long-awaited victory can quickly slip through our grasp unless we immediately put the focus back on conservative issues,” they wrote on the blog Nevada News & Views. “We call on all true conservative Republican leaders and activists to speak out now for the resignation of Senator Ensign.”

It was the long-awaited and much-anticipated shot heard ’round the world.  Here we had not one but two Nevada Republicans calling for their scandal-rich embarrassment-of-a-senator to just resign, already.  Their fifteen minutes of fame came quickly and in a big way.

Here’s the New York Times piece titled “Two Nevada Republicans Call for Ensign to Bow Out”

Here’s the Politico piece titled “John Ensign faces increased pressure to quit”

Here’s the CBS News piece titled “Two Top Nevada Republicans Call for Sen. John Ensign to Resign”

Here’s the Las Vegas Sun piece titled “Fellow Republicans call for John Ensign’s resignation”

And here’s the HuffPo piece titled “John Ensign Resignation Calls Mount: Nevada Republicans Call for Senator’s Ouster”

Wowza.  That’s a lotta ink for two guys who don’t even work for the county party anymore.

Nigam agreed and said he is surprised the op-ed went so far, so fast.

“I thought it would stay in the state,” he said.  “I didn’t realize it would end up in the press in New York, DC and LA.”

“Because of the interent these days, I guess these things fly all over the place and can create a political storm,” he added.

But Nigam said he thinks more Nevada Republicans, including those in positions of leadership, should speak out on the Ensign matter.

“The leadership is very quiet, or in some cases there is no leadership,” said Nigam. “We do not even have a state party chairman right now. And we have a governor who is not really in a position to talk about Ensign’s issues.  So others must step up and say what needs to be said.”

“It’s nothing personal,” said Nigam. “I’ve done fund raising for Ensign in the past.  But when not one candidate in the state wants his or her photo taken with you in the midst of campaign season…  Usually candidates are very eager to be seen with their Senator and really count on having that support.”

Nigam left his position as Treasurer for the Clark County GOP in December 2009.  His departure corresponded with the resignation of seven other party officials on a day later referred to as “Black Thursday” by Republican party insiders. The officers and board members all resigned in the heat of controversy and in-fighting.

Nigam served as Assistant Treasurer for the state party for a brief period between December and January and then resigned that position as well.

  • Martin Celemin

    I know Mr. Swadeep Nigam, he is colleague of mine. He is strong Republican in Las Vegas. I am glad he is in the national news for urging fellow GOPs to
    ask for Sen. John Ensign’s resignation. Ensign soiled the Republican Party by the scandal he has wrought, and deserves to go. I wish Mr. Nigam spoke sooner when Ensign admitted the act of immorality he committed. Better late than never as they say.

  • Sam

    Mr. Nigam is an idiot!! First of all, how can anyone even take this guy seriously given he has never held a position where there wasnt disarray…

    IE… Nigam left his position as Treasurer for the Clark County GOP in December 2009. His departure corresponded with the resignation of seven other party officials on a day later referred to as “Black Thursday” by Republican party insiders. The officers and board members all resigned in the heat of controversy and in-fighting

    He does not represent Republicans in Nevada.