Tick Segerblom the institution? The hell you say! | STEVE SEBELIUS

I nonetheless bear in mind the time in October 2014 once I went to listen to Bernie Sanders converse on the Culinary Coaching Middle in North Las Vegas.

There to greet me was the one Nevada elected official to point out up that day: then-state Sen. Tick Segerblom. It was, he stated, a gathering of the liberal media and the liberal wing of the Nevada Democrats.

So it comes as a shock that Segerblom, now working for the chairmanship of the Nevada Democratic Social gathering, is dealing with a progressive problem from his left.

There’s room to the left of Tick Segerblom?

And I additionally nonetheless bear in mind the complaints from Democrats about then-Assemblywoman and later state Sen. Barbara Cegavske. She launched payments that also had the American Legislative Trade Council letterhead on them! She was one in every of two senators to vote towards the 2003 tax invoice!

So it comes as a shock that Cegavske, elected secretary of state in 2014, is now being attacked from the correct over her administration of the 2020 elections.

Whoever thought we’d reside in a Nevada the place Tick Segerblom was too conservative and Barbara Cegavske too liberal?

In Segerblom’s case, the difficulty comes from youthful, progressive Democrats who object to an elected official with institution backing heading up the celebration, regardless of his liberal credentials. (Segerblom is the godfather of authorized marijuana in Nevada, he as soon as carried a invoice to ban assault weapons, favors Indigenous Folks’s Day over Columbus Day and just lately tweeted about abolishing time period limits and the two-thirds tax vote requirement.)

There’s a considerable a part of the Democratic Social gathering that’s annoyed with its leaders and the tempo of change. They’d want radical motion, a daring platform and a celebration that calls for its candidates pledge to hold out its imaginative and prescient.

They abjure the truth that political events exist solely to lift cash, recruit candidates, establish and register voters and get them out to the polls on Election Day. Events are political machines, not suppose tanks. If they will’t do the job, donors and candidates will try this work outdoors the celebration as an alternative.

That is undoubtedly the explanation that elected officers resembling U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto — up for re-election in 2022 — requested Segerblom to run for the state celebration job as an alternative of backing his liberal challenger, Clark County Democratic Social gathering Chair Judith Whitmer. Though Segerblom and Whitmer are each ideological liberals, Segerblom has many years of political expertise in Nevada and, as he says, the scars to point out for it.

It in all probability doesn’t harm that Segerblom additionally simply led the campaign to rename McCarran Worldwide Airport for former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, nonetheless the godfather of the Nevada Democratic Social gathering.

On the opposite finish of the spectrum, Cegavske finds herself on the outs with the Nevada Republican Social gathering, some high figures of which have claimed repeatedly and with out proof that the 2020 election in Nevada was rigged for Joe Biden towards Donald Trump.

Though Cegavske has shed almost all traces of partisanship since profitable election as secretary of state in 2014, nobody who is aware of her believes she’d tilt an election, least of all for a Democrat. But Cegavske has needed to struggle allegations from Trump about voter fraud after each the election he received in 2016 and the one he misplaced in 2020. In each instances, Cegavske defended Nevada’s election outcomes as dependable and correct.

However Cegavske’s fellow Republicans, most notably former Legal professional Normal Adam Laxalt, have stated in information conferences and lawsuits that the election was significantly flawed, though each court docket to listen to such claims has rejected the allegations. Every cost is a barb towards Cegavske’s honest, even-handed administration of the voting; even when she disagreed with adjustments made to election legislation the Legislature due to COVID, she did her job professionally.

In regular instances, Cegavske can be praised her fellow Republicans, particularly given the truth that she alone was in a position to retain a constitutional workplace for the celebration within the blue-wave elections of 2018. As a substitute, she’s regarded with suspicion Republicans who belief partisan grifters over election safety specialists.

And in regular instances, Segerblom can be regarded even essentially the most liberal of Democrats as each a fellow traveler and a savvy hand who’d be a superb alternative for celebration chairman. As a substitute, he’s portrayed because the institution.

However these aren’t regular instances. In 2021 Nevada, even Lewis Carroll would have hassle discovering his method.

Contact Steve Sebelius at SSebelius@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0253. Comply with @SteveSebelius on Twitter.

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