CARSON CITY – Republican Assembly District 37 candidate Wes Duncan today called on his Democratic opponent, Assembly Majority Leader Marcus Conklin, to cancel a pharmaceutical fundraiser in Napa, California set for Wednesday.
“With Nevada businesses struggling, I cannot believe that Assemblyman Conklin would hold a fundraiser in Napa, California,” Duncan said. “Assemblyman Conklin talks about promoting business in Nevada, but when it comes to his own campaign, he is happy to send his money out of state when most Nevadans are facing difficult times.”
Duncan said the state’s elected representatives should be focused on bringing business back to Nevada, including large political fundraisers that would give business to Nevada restaurants and resorts, purchase Nevada products and employ Nevada workers.
“This campaign definitely won’t be holding fundraisers in California that don’t help Nevada businesses,” he said.
The Conklin campaign has not yet responded to a request for comment on Duncan’s criticisms.
Duncan and Conklin are the only two candidates in the race for District 37, located in Clark County.
Conklin is not the first Nevada Assembly Democrat to be criticized for an out-of-state fundraiser.
Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, a candidate for the 3rd Congressional District in Las Vegas now held by Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., also came in for some criticism for holding lavish fundraisers, including a wine tasting event in Napa, in his 2009-10 Assembly re-election bid.
Oceguera defended the events, saying campaigns are more competitive and require more innovation.