McNaught’s Big Idea (Not)


This is one of those times when I can’t decide if feeling utterly amazed is worth the accompanying sense of despair.

The setting for this tragic drama:

Due to a co-candidate’s schedule conflict (uh huh), Senate 12 hopeful Patrick McNaught (GOP) was at center stage on Ralston’s Face to Face tonight.  Which I just finished watching thanks to the modern miracles of digital recording.

The curtain lifted, and McNaught uttered his first sentence about the reasons for his candidacy:

“I felt it was important that we got more of a conservative voice inside District 12.”

He then said that state government has not gone through the same “exercise” as the private sector (meaning cutting jobs, not hopping on a treadmill) and added that he deals with businesses every day “that would like to move to the state of Nevada, but even the idea of creating a corporate tax or gross receipts tax is driving those people to states such as Texas.”

McNaught said he wants to squash the rumors that such taxes would ever happen here and create a budget “in which the state has to live within.” He agreed the poor education system also plays a part in our difficulty attracting businesses to the state but said taxes are the main problem.

When asked for solutions, he said:

“We need to create reform and live inside our budget; we cannot continue to spend money we do not have.”

Ralston challenged:

“You know, you just got three clichés jammed into about ten seconds without telling me what you would do. Tell me what you would do.”


“The first thing I would look at is cutting state legislative pays. I mean if we are going to ask the employees of the state of NV to take a hit, I think it is important as leaders and legislators that we do it first.”




“Are you serious about that? Come on… They make seven grand.”

(Right.  Multiplied by 63 legislators, the total savings to the state would be $431,000 if they all took a 100% pay cut.  So, assuming there is a $3 billion budget shortfall come February, we’d have just $2,999,569,000 more in cuts to go.)

McNaught defended:

“It’s better to at least take something from the people that go to Carson City.”

Is it?  Priority One is a take-away of the pittance our citizen legislators receive for dedicating four months of their lives every other year (plus any special sessions) to trying to solve the state’s biggest problems?

When pressed for other budget cutting ideas, McNaught said he is looking to our gubernatorial candidates for their Plan.

Really…?  No additional suggestions?  Just whatever the governor-to-be posits?

McNaught then made some vague references to jobs, the private sector and state worker wages.  And going “line item to line item” as we “get into the balance sheet, line by line.”

And said he has a friend at the Department of Transportation who sent him suggestions via “seven pages of cuts.”

None of which he could or would name.

A few sentences more and then his big finish:

“The Republican party has lost its brand.”

Yeah, it has.

In part because of cliché-loving candidates who even after months of studying-up and campaigning are either unable or unwilling to suggest a single decent proposal for cutting the state budget, creating jobs or improving education in our state.

  • Casey Hendrickson

    I’m sorry ‘E’ … I lost count of how many zings you got in there … LOL!

  • SD-12

    Bump. Set. Spike.

    I support Patrick BUT he had this coming. Maybe his campaign staffers should get off of their rears and start actually working to support his candidacy instead of just showing up at events with a nice tie and nothing to say.

    Sorry candidates, we cannot just hand you the primary victory. You have to earn it.

  • Charles

    Patrick is a smart guy. He does need to brush up on state facts and stats though. He’s also not a politician so why expect him to feed us the b.s. the other guys do. He was honest and straight-forward. I think thats a great start.

  • dan

    I have studied Patrick McNaught (I live in his district), looked over his LLCs, read up on who is endorsing him and I find no compelling reason to vote for him! There is no “there”, there! “Where’s the beef?”, indeed!

    McNaught may be smart (he paid $2 million for his Anthem Country Club home at the top of the market-valued at $1.2m now), he may be a VP for Colliers Real Estate Group, but he seemingly has NO public policy or governance background, education nor understanding!

    Ralston exposed him as the front man for Keystone Corp and the LV Sands for what he is, a corporate hired hand to run against Joe Hardy (though Citizen Outreach whose owner owns NNB, is campaigning hard against Hardy).

    Sorry, Charles, I want someone who comes not pre-owned. Too, I want them to tell me they understand the job they are seeking, not knowing s%^& is not being “honest and straight-forward”, but just all hat and no cattle!