On Jan. 23, 2016, the Nye County Republican Women (NCRW) hosted their annual Lincoln Dinner at the Pahrump Nugget. The event met its promise to be wonderful, and the dinner, drinks, and conversation were enjoyed by those in attendance.
Many of Nevada’s notables were in attendance, including Senator Dean Heller, Congressman Crescent Hardy, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, Treasurer Dan Schwartz, and State Controller Ron Knecht. There were several Republican leaders and local business people at the event as well.
Chairman of the Nye County Republican Central Committee Bill Carns played auctioneer for the fundraiser. The auction successfully raised thousands of dollars.
Renae Goodhart, president of the NCRW, was the master of ceremonies for the event. Incumbent James Oscarsen, as well as candidates from Assembly District 36, including Tina Trenner and Scott Mattox (who seemed to wander off topic), were guest speakers for the evening.
Mattox ranted about government imposition on the lives of the American people. To prove his point, he talked about the signs along the highway that read, “Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers.” He declared, “If I want to pick up a hitchhiker, I am going to pick up a hitchhiker! Since when is it illegal to hitchhike? How dare this oppressive government tell me who I can pick up!”
Then, presumably to end the circuitous rant by Mattox, a member of the audience shouted, “It’s a prison zone, moron!” The majority of the attendees broke into laughter. Mattox, a challenger for Assembly District 36, admitted he had not known why the signs were posted alongside the highway that runs past the enormous prison. He said, “Oh, I didn’t know that,” which only dug his hole deeper and perpetuated the laughter in the room.
The remainder of Mattox’s speech consisted of incoherent rambling. As difficult as it was to watch and hear, it is evident he does not employ good judgement. Mattox has proven he is not a candidate who is ready for prime time.
By Jeanette Smith
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