Opinion: President Obama to Nevada GOP Gov. Jim Gibbons: A bipartisan No!

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His poll numbers are abysmal. His lengthy divorce is the stuff of daytime soaps. All Nevada’s Republican governor wanted was a little face time with President Obama, who’s heading for Las Vegas next week to bulk up Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s hefty reelection account.

Strangely, politically savvy Democrat Obama couldn’t squeeze in a chat about Nevada’s floundering economy with Gibbons, whom Las Vegas columnist Jon Ralston perpetually dismisses as The Man Formerly Known As Governor.


Do you blame Jim for p-p-pouting?

‘President Obama is coming to Las Vegas to raise campaign cash for Senator Harry Reid, apparently our money is good enough for the President, but our tourism, jobs, and economic future are not,’ said a Gibbons press release.

Such releases have become the governor’s weapon of choice in needling the president.

Gibbons also called on Reid ‘to use any influence he might have to ask President Obama to encourage Americans to visit America during their summer vacations this year.’ And reminded us: ‘Sometimes Washington politicians forget that the people of Nevada are Americans.’

And as any Nevadan knows, that can really bum you out.

-- Ashley Powers

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