Corrupt Catherine: Cortez Masto’s Preferential Treatment To Democrats Explained
Nevada’s former attorney general, Catherine Cortez Masto, has a lengthy record of putting politics ahead of principle, and this morning’s Las Vegas Review-Journal does its best to fairly present two cases of corruption for its readers.
In 2008, Cortez Masto indicted then-Republican Lieutenant Gov. Brian Krolicki for mishandling state funds. (Krolicki wasn’t accused of misspending or stealing any money, however.) A judge later tossed the indictment as unconstitutionally vague. But the damage to Krolicki’s political career was done and he passed on a 2010 challenge to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, who’s now an enthusiastic Cortez Masto backer.
Compare that to how she handled the case of Democratic lawmaker Morse Arberry. In 2011, the longtime former Ways and Means Committee chairman was charged with felonies for allegedly pocketing more than $120,000 in campaign funds. Cortez Masto’s office allowed him to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor and avoid jail. (Arberry has not made good on a promise to repay what he took, and even ran unsuccessfully for Congress in a Democratic primary this year.)
In 2010, Cortez Masto refused a direct order from then-Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons to join Nevada to a multi-state lawsuit seeking to undo Obamacare. State law clearly stipulates that the attorney general “must” commence litigation whenever the governor so directs, but Cortez Masto refused, saying the lawsuit was frivolous and that no unique issue required Nevada to be a part of the action.
As the writer notes, when examples like these are viewed as a whole, Cortez Masto’s critics make an argument that she, in her official capacity, favors Democrats over Republicans. This kind of injection of politics into official duties is unbecoming of a public servant, and undeserving of a promotion to the United States Senate.