Challenger Actually Outraised “Incumbent” in 2019
(Pahrump, Nevada) – Assemblyman Gregory T. “Shallow Hal” Hafen the Second’s 2019 campaign finance report was surprisingly weak for an incumbent – even one who was appointed rather than elected to the Assembly District 36 seat.
“Frankly, I’m pretty surprised,” said Dr. Joe Bradley, Hafen the Second’s conservative GOP challenger. “As an incumbent endorsed by the Republican Assembly Caucus, I figured he’d easily raise over six figures. I don’t know why he came up so short, but I’ll take it.”
Not counting personal loans and in-kind contributions, Hafen the Second raised $51,604.50. Dr. Bradley – who ran for the AD36 seat and garnered a surprisingly solid 21% in a three-way primary in 2018 – raised $54,006.00.
“As the only incumbent Assembly Republican facing a serious GOP primary, I expected Mr. Hafen’s financial support to be much deeper and much stronger,” said Chuck Muth, former campaign manager for late District 36 Assemblyman Dennis Hof and an adviser to Dr. Bradley’s campaign.
“This tells me that not only are voters unhappy with the person who was ‘juiced’ into Assemblyman Hof’s seat a year ago, but the donor community was generally unimpressed with his performance during the 2019 legislative session. I liked Dr. Bradley’s chances for beating Mr. Hafen before this report came out, but REALLY like his chances now.”
Assembly District 36 has an overwhelmingly Republican majority. Dennis Hof won the seat in 2018 with 63% of the vote despite passing away three weeks before Election Day. As such, the race for District 36 will essentially be decided in the June 9 Republican Primary.
Dr. Bradley is an author, public speaker and small businessman running as a Republican to represent Assembly District 36 in the Nevada State Legislature. For more information, please visit http://electjoebradley.com