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Sen. Heller considers run for governor in 2018

News - May 5, 2016

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said he would consider a run for Nevada governor at the end of his current term in 2018.

Heller is the second federal elected official in Nevada to say he'd consider a run for governor in 2018. Last year, Nevada's 2nd U.S. House representative Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, also expressed interest in running for governor in 2018.

Heller's comments came during a taping of the Nevada Newsmakers TV show.

Current Gov. Brian Sandoval is on his second gubernatorial term and is term-limited in 2018.

"You are probably right," Heller said when asked if he consider a gubernatorial run in 2018. "I always keep my options open. Frankly, most of those involved in the political process try to keep all their options open. But I just want to reiterate, how thrilled I am to be a United States senator and how much I do enjoy the job, love the committees I am on and will continue to work for the betterment of the state of Nevada."

When asked if he'd prefer to be the leader of Nevada instead of one of 100 U.S. senators, Heller said:
"I want what is best for the state of Nevada and at the end of the day, if that (running for governor) is what is best for Nevada, I'll consider it. But right now, I think my role is in the United States Senate and I do enjoy that job.'

Heller, like Amodei, has cited the enormous amount of travel that goes with being a Nevada elected official in the U.S. Congress.

"The worst part about this job are the flights back and forth (between Nevada and Washington D.C.)," Heller said. "I come back every weekend. I have over 2 million miles logged in the last 10 years, flying back and forth from Washington D.C. It is important to me to be back in the state, either Las Vegas or Reno on weekends to make sure we do shows like this have a conversation with your viewers and let them know what is going on in Washington D.C."

Considering a gubernatorial run in 2018 gives Heller "some wiggle room," he said.

"You always give yourself a little wiggle room," he said. "But right now my full attention (is on the U.S. Senate). I really like what I am doing. We're in the majority (as Republicans) and I sit on the (Senate) finance committee, the banking committee and the commerce committee. Eighty-five percent of all legislation goes through one of those committees." 

Trump would harm Heck's U.S. Senate candidacy, Heller says

News - May 3, 2016

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Tuesday that Donald Trump would harm the U.S. Senate candidacy of Nevada Rep. Joe Heck, R-Henderson, if Trump is the Republican presidential nominee.

Heller said having Trump at the top of the Republican ticket in Nevada would turn off Hispanic voters. The Hispanic population is seen as a growing influence in Nevada politics and the Democratic candidate, former Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto, is trying to become the first Latina U.S. senator in the U.S.

Heller's comments came during a taping of the Nevada Newsmakers TV show in Reno.

Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee after winning the Indiana primary Tuesday. Heck and Cortez-Masto are in one of the most-watched U.S. Senate races in the nation. The winner replaces Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who will retire when his term expires.

"The senate race we have here in Nevada, between Masto and Heck, I think the biggest variable in this race is who the (Republican) presidential candidate is," Heller said. "And if it is Donald Trump -- don't get it wrong -- the Hispanic population in this community north and south do not like him. I don't care what he (Trump) says, they (Hispanic voters in Nevada) do not like him and they are going to come out in droves to vote against him."

Heller added that a Trump GOP presidential nomination "doesn't bode well for the Republican candidate even though Joe Heck has a tremendous relationship with the Hispanic and Latino community throughout this state."

Heller noted the built-in appeal among Hispanics for Cortez-Masto.

"It's still going to be very, very difficult to transfer a vote against someone (like Trump) to for him (Heck),especially when he is running against an Hispanic woman," Heller said. "They (Democrats) have a great candidate on their side."

Heller predicted Heck would defeat former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, R-Reno, in the GOP U.S. Senate primary election.
"I think polling data recently showed she is more than 50 points behind," Heller said of Angle. "I don't know how she makes that up. Joe is going to win this, he is going to win this primary big but I would take her seriously as a candidate."

Heller won a close and contested GOP primary election in 2006 against Angle to help launch his political career at the federal level. He was elected Nevada's 2nd U.S. House District representative that year.

Heck can win the anti-establishment vote against Angle because he is independent, Heller said. Heller acknowledged the anti-establishment feeling in U.S. politics is very strong, fueling the campaigns of both Trump and Democratic hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

"Joe is going to be the next U.S. senator from Nevada but he's got to get through two candidates to get there and he's got to take both of these candidates seriously," Heller said.

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