My “Shallow Hal” Opponent
In 2018 the voters of Assembly District 36 elected Dennis Hof to represent them in Carson City.
Dennis ran as a solid fiscal conservative who pledged to vote against tax hikes, fight big government and protect individual liberties.
Tragically, Assemblyman Hof passed away three weeks before Election Day. But the voters of District 36 voted for him, and his limited-government agenda, anyway. Overwhelmingly. 63% to 37%.
Sadly, county commissioners appointed a politically-connected pale imitation of Dennis to fill his seat.
Gregory T. Hafen the Second – a “fifth generation Nevadan” born to privilege – was “juiced” into the job.
He was never elected by the people.
He’s an incumbent-in-name-only.
Worse, he’s a card-carrying member of the “Cinco de RINO Club” – five “pale pastel” Republicans in the Assembly widely considered to be “Republicans in Name Only.”
The same kind of RINOs who voted for the largest tax hike in Nevada history in 2015 – including our former assemblyman, James Oscarson, who Dennis and I ran against in the 2018 GOP primary.
Politically-wired establishment “insiders” like Hafen the Second are exactly the kind of politicians Dennis relentlessly fought against. The kind of politicians who sell out their voters to the highest special interest bidder.
There’s no way Dennis Hof – “The People’s Choice” – would have supported giving his seat to such an “entitled” fortunate son.
And a short look at Hafen the Second’s voting record last session shows why…
1.) Dennis proudly and unapologetically signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising the voters of District 36, in no uncertain terms, that he would “oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”
I also signed the Pledge in 2018, and again this year.
Hafen the Second, on the other hand, has refused to sign the Tax Pledge.
So you won’t be surprised to learn he voted for two tax hikes last session – including one to tax your Internet purchases.
If you’re not willing to put your campaign promises in writing, your commitment is as deep as a sidewalk puddle.
2.) Dennis promised to vote against any spending bill that didn’t “reduce government regulations, reduce the size of government, eliminate entitlements, or eliminate unnecessary programs.”
So he absolutely would have voted against the 2019 budget which expanded government regulations, increased the size of government, added new entitlements, failed to eliminate unnecessary government programs – and boosted spending by almost $1 BILLION!
Hafen the Second voted for that budget.
Yet he’s running for election this year as a “conservative.” Don’t be fooled.
His campaign slogan is, laughably, “A voice you know, a voice you trust.”
Voters don’t know Hafen the Second or his voice because he’s never run for office. He’s been appointed to everything he’s ever gotten – including Dennis’ seat that was gifted to him by family friends and political insiders.
A voice you trust?
How can you trust someone who’s running as a “conservative” but voted to raise your taxes?
On his campaign website, Hafen the Second writes…
“It is very difficult to convince me there is a need to increase the tax burden of Nevadans, instead we should be looking at ways to reduce costs and lower taxes.”
Notice the political weasel words “very difficult to convince me.”
We all know if the lobbyists, the special interests and the insiders who run the Carson City swamp want him to vote for higher taxes, it won’t take much convincing at all. Just a few well-placed campaign donations.
And the fact is, despite what he’s claiming on his website, Hafen the Second didn’t look for ways to “reduce costs and lower taxes.” Instead he voted for a $1 billion spending increase!
This is the same scam RINOs have been pulling on GOP voters for years.
They tell you what they think you want to hear on the campaign trail – and then do the exact opposite once they get in office.
They’re like Lucy yanking the football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute.
Are you going to fall for it?
Like most everything else in his life, Hafen the Second didn’t earn the Assembly District 36 seat. He had it handed to him on a silver platter.
And he’s light-years away from being the philosophical heir to Dennis Hof’s legacy. He’s an imposter. A pretender. A phony. And a fake.
His campaign promises are a bowl of poll-tested mush.
His platform has about as much substance as a stick of cotton candy.
His commitment to limited government and individual liberty are wafer-thin.
Gregory T. Hafen the Second is the “Shallow Hal” candidate running for Assembly District 36.
Don’t get fooled.