Nevada police groups move from Sen. Dem Cortez-Masto to GOP challenger Laxalt

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FIRST ON FOX: Several police groups who supported incumbent Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, changed their endorsement to Republican candidate Adam Laxalt.

Laxalt, the former Silver State attorney general who is running to overthrow Cortez Masto, received a key endorsement from the Public Safety Alliance of Nevada (PSAN), which represents more than 10,000 law enforcement officers in more than 100 state and local groups.

Eleven of the member organizations have also lent their support to Laxalt, including the Fraternal Order of Police of Nevada, the Las Vegas Association of Peace Officers, and the Clark County School District Association of Peace Officers. .

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Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is campaigning for the 2022 GOP Senate nomination in the key western battleground state.
(Adam Laxalt’s Senate Campaign)

“Few things are more important to me than the fight against growing crime in Nevada and across the country,” Laxalt said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “The support of the brave men and women of Nevada law enforcement is humbling.”

“The organizations represented by the PSAN supported my opponent, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, in 2016, but they only saw empty promises from her and today they have joined our efforts,” continued Laxalt. “Instead of helping law enforcement, Cortez Masto has focused on promoting his party’s anti-police radical agenda that undermines cops at every turn.”

“I am focused on helping law enforcement keep Nevada safe and I will always have my back,” he added. “Voters need to know that as the next senator, I will oppose defunding the police and ensure that our officers have the tools they need to do their job, just like I did when I was Attorney General of Nevada.”

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto listens to testimony during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on July 27, 2021.
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Senator Catherine Cortez Masto listens to testimony during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on July 27, 2021.
(Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

PSAN director John Abel said Laxalt “supported the cops when it mattered, and we’re proud to support it now.”

“As Attorney General, Adam hosted the first statewide law enforcement summit, took action to combat the spread of illegal drugs, and was tough on crime,” he continued. “Our organization is proud to support his campaign for the United States Senate, where we know he will continue to work with cops to keep Nevada communities safe.”

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Josh Marcus-Blank, the campaign spokesman for Cortez Masto, told Fox News Digital in a statement Wednesday that “Senator Cortez Masto is honored to have been endorsed by groups representing 19 law enforcement agencies. law and thousands of brave men and women in uniform across Nevada, and she won their support by working closely with them as Attorney General and securing historic funding for local police departments as than a senator.”

“It’s a stark contrast to Laxalt, who opposes this defunding of law enforcement and whose closest encounter with law enforcement came when he assaulted an officer and then lied to about it,” he continued, referring to an incident in Laxalt’s teenage years.

The law enforcement endorsements are a major boon to Laxalt’s campaign as he seeks to land his ticket to Washington in a year, with many predicting he will see massive Republican gains in Congress.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt speaks during a Trump campaign press conference outside the Clark County Elections Department in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 5, 2020. (Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Attorney General Adam Laxalt speaks during a Trump campaign press conference outside the Clark County Elections Department in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 5, 2020. (Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Cortez Masto’s loss of many of his police endorsements could also be attributed to the leftward drift of the Democratic Party, whose progressive wing continues to operate on law enforcement funding.

House Democrats are expected to see their numbers dwindle mid-term, but their more left-leaning members — like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — are unlikely to lose their seats due to the deep blue nature of their seats. districts.

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This fact alone means that progressives will likely make up a larger proportion of the caucus at the next Congress than they do now. But AOC and its allies are also ready to increase their numbers. In several safe blue neighborhoods, far-left Democrats have either won their primary or have a good chance of doing so.

While the Senate is less likely to swing, the repercussions of messages from the inherently more political House races could hurt Cortez Masto’s chances of securing re-election.

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