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Dawn Gibbons: Good cop or bad cop?
by David Farside
Mar 22, 2010 | 925 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This year's governor’s race will not only be political and combative but entertaining as well. Soon to be divorced, Nevada’s First Lady Dawn Gibbons announced she may soon have her own radio talk show. If that doesn’t liven up politics and the airways, I don’t know what will. During the divorce proceedings, Gibbons argued that she was entitled to a large alimony payment because her husband won the gubernatorial race due to her advice and political contacts. Reportedly, including 25 percent of the governor’s salary, she receives $4,000 a month alimony.

Her half-hour talk show will consist primarily of political interviews. Evidently, all issues are fair game, even her relationship with the governor. Personally, I think that is more than I really want to know. However, being the cynic and skeptic that I am, I have to wonder what her personal motive or hidden political agenda might be.

During the court battle, she lived in a small apartment at the governor’s mansion. But that is not the first time the Gibbons duo lived separately. While husband Jim served as a congressman in Washington, D.C. from 1997 to 2006, Dawn remained here in Reno and was elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 1998. Proving she knows firsthand how the political system works on both the national and local level.

She also disagrees with her husband on some political issues. For example, the 2009 Nevada Legislature passed the domestic partner legislation. With his usual holier-than-thou, I know-it-all and intolerant Christian pen in hand, he vetoed the bill, saying he was personally opposed to it. Dawn drew her line in the sand and let it be known she disagreed with the governor’s decision and that she supported the domestic partnership legislation. The State Assembly voted 28-14 to override the governor’s veto and domestic partnerships will have legal standings beginning Oct. 1 of this year. It’s about time.

Last week, Gov. Gibbons announced he was going to attend the Tea Party’s rally in Las Vegas. He was offering seats on his campaign bus for $250 each trying to raise campaign contributions for his reelection. Most right-wing Republicans will attend the rally and will ride the Gibbons bus to nowhere.

The Tea Party’s mission statement places “impetus for the movement against excessive government spending and taxation.” Their goal is to “attract, educate, organize and mobilize fellow citizens to secure three core values of fiscal responsibility, constitutionality, limited government and free markets,” meaning no taxes, no government employees, no health insurance, no federal funding for education and everyone over the age of 65 should start heading for the bone yard.

On a philosophical surface, that might sound pretty good to some. That is, if you live on an island where there is no government, social structure, needed services or wars or live in a utopia with no poverty, no children needing education, no elderly and where everyone is healthy, wealthy and owns their businesses.

Actually, they might be better off in a monastery or a convent. Then they would have to fight for their share of the pope’s gold in Rome. Never mind a right-wing moment just rallied into my head.

Conspicuous by his absence on the bus to nowhere will be fellow Republican Brian Sandoval. Sandoval, one-time Nevada state attorney general, resigned his lifetime position as a federal judge to run for governor. He was recruited by Sen. Raggio and other top Republicans to beat fellow Republican Gibbons in the primary and to restore some common sense in the capitol building. To determine the outcome of the primary race, just follow the money.

Gibbons has received only $165,000 in campaign contributions, no doubt a reward for his three glorious years in office and his three core Tea Party values. Sandoval, who has only been campaigning for three months and not on the Tea Party bandwagon, yet, has already garnered more than $900,000. I think the handwriting is on the wall.

As Jim Gibbons joins the ranks of Sarah Palin and other radical conservatives in the Tea Party, it will be curious to see if Dawn Gibbons uses her radio venue for her own political agenda. Will she show bias in her political discussions or provide a neutral platform for an honest debate, discussion and exchange of information? Will she separate herself from her husband or will she play good cop/bad cop to help him get reelected, preserving her 25 percent alimony check?  We will see.

David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist. The polemics of his articles can be discussed at farsidian2001@yahoo.com. His Web site is www.thefarsidechronicles.com.
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