GOP Stars Lining Up to Support Adam Laxalt for Nevada AG

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:38 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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Republican royalty is lining up behind Adam Laxalt, a little-known 34-year-old lawyer running for Nevada attorney general, Politico Magazine reports.

He has garnered fundraising support from such GOP elite as former Vice President Dick Cheney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, just to name a few.

Why?

Laxalt is the grandson of former Nevada Sen. Paul Laxalt, best friend of President Ronald Reagan, according to Politico, and it was revealed last year that he is the son of former New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici, a Republican who served six terms, the longest in the state’s history. Paul Laxalt and Domenici served together in the U.S. Senate.

Laxalt’s mother, Michelle, is a Washington lobbyist who worked as a Reagan operative in the 1980s. She became pregnant during a one-night-stand with Domenici, the married father of eight other children, according to a 2013 Washington Post story, which notes that Michelle Laxalt and Domenici kept Adam’s paternity secret for years until "their hand was forced" last year.

Both Michelle Laxalt and Domenici issued statements when Adam’s paternity was revealed.

"Recently information has come to me that this sacred situation might be twisted, rewritten out of whole cloth, and shopped to press outlets large and small in a vicious attempt to smear, hurt, and diminish Pete Domenici, an honorable man, his extraordinary wife, Nancy, and other innocents," Michelle Laxalt wrote in her statement, the Post reported.

Adding to the dramatic flair, Adam Laxalt’s grandfather defeated then-Lt. Gov. Harry Reid for the open Senate seat in 1974. Paul Laxalt retired in 1986, and Reid, a Democrat, won his seat. Reid has been Senate majority leader since 2007.

Adam Laxalt, a Georgetown University Law School graduate, has an uphill battle against his Democratic opponent, who has own elite political lineage. Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, who is favored to win the race, is the son of former Nevada Gov. Bob Miller. Ross Miller is Nevada’s presumed 2018 gubernatorial candidate, according to Politico.

Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a Republican, is among Adam Laxalt’s financial backers. He has launched the Stop Miller Now campaign, according to Politico.

"If his name were Adam Smith, this race would be a total joke," an unidentified "prominent Republican" told Politico. "But his name is Adam Laxalt, and that’s why Democrats aren’t laughing."

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