If there is anything I’ve learned during my 74 years on this earth, it’s that, like beauty, truth or fiction is in the eye of the beholder, or in this case it also includes the ear.
This letter to the editor is in reply to Mr. Willard’s letter (R-C April 18) in which he makes claims that Jim Wheeler is less than qualified to be our next District 39 Assemblyman based on what he “beheld” at the Douglas County Republican Women’s luncheon and Candidate Forum. I use the word “beheld” because what Mr. Willard heard is quite different from what I and several others heard. So based on that, I could draw the same inferences about you that you did about Mr. Wheeler, that he is less than truthful, but let’s call it as you meant it: as much as called him a liar. Let me balance out some fictions with facts, you know, those stubborn things that Ronald Reagan referred to those many years ago that tend to blow gaping holes in lies.
Fiction: “He had six ideas for bills (only five of which were drafted). Of those, three got committee hearings and none came out of committee.” Truth: Mr. Wheeler was primary sponsor for 13 bills in the Assembly and 10 in the Senate. Of those bills from both houses, four of them, did, in fact, get out of committee, and in truth, were signed by the governor into law.
Fiction: “He also claimed that the NRA has given him an A+ rating…” Truth: Mr. Wheeler has included ratings from two pro-second amendment organizations in his campaign material. Both those ratings are “A”. I’m sure you would agree that to put a lie on your campaign material is not a smart thing to do. What Mr. Wheeler said, and several other people who attended the luncheon will attest to, was that he was expecting the NRA to raise that rating to “A+” in the near future.
Fiction: “…He claimed that the governor actually asked him how he might veto the bill and that he helped craft the veto message.” Truth: When Gov. Sandoval knew he was going to veto SB221, he asked the minority caucus leader to provide some “talking points” for the veto message. The minority leader then asked Mr. Wheeler to provide some ideas and those ideas were, in fact, passed to the governor, some of which were used in the veto message. As to your investigation of this issue, you contacted the Governor’s staff who in fact do write veto messages, but with input from the governor. You used a half-fact to infer some devious behavior without completely investigating it. Shameful!
And here’s one truth that your candidate will find difficult to fully explain. She refuses to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Rather than cite her public statements, I will leave that to her to explain to the voters.
One final point to be made here is the statement that your candidate will “always” tell the truth. Mr. Willard, the last person who always told the truth was crucified over 2,000 years ago.