He will continue to be a strong fighter in the Nevada State Senate to create jobs and improve Nevada’s education system.
I congratulate Senator Kihuen on the race he ran and look forward to working with him in the future.
Tarkanian said he had recently changed accountants and would amend the report to reflect the fact his campaign owes him more than $260,000.
“Danny Tarkanian is basing his candidacy on his supposed background as a successful businessman, but he can’t even fill out simple paperwork correctly,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange.
“Unfortunately, the reality is that continuing my efforts to win in what would promise to be a resource draining primary at this time is not in the best interest for me, my family, my community and my party,” Kihuen said in a statement.
In response to Kihuen’s withdrawal, Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange released a statement including the following: “Senator Ruben Kihuen is an outstanding public servant with a very bright future in Nevada politics.
While Danny Tarkanian may think he can play by his own set of rules, we’re going to hold him accountable.” Lange was referring to a recent federal court decision in California that made Tarkanian and his family liable for a $17 million court judgment relating to a development project in Anza, Calif.
Tarkanian has said he and his family were defrauded in the case.
In fact, if it hadn’t been disclosed by a local newspaper, voters may have never known of his outstanding debt to himself.
The Tarkanian campaign responded Friday to the complaint. Ruben Kihuen this afternoon announced he was dropping out of the primary race for the urban and heavily Democratic NV-01, which means smooth sailing for his opponent and former Rep. Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, acknowledged he has not been able to raise the money to compete.
“Nevada Democrats are united behind Dina Titus and we look forward to sending her back to Congress to fight for Nevada families.” Kihuen will serve out his term as state Senator.