Published Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 | 7:34 a.m.
Updated Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 | 8:01 a.m.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid today launched a new television ad attacking his Republican rival Brian Sandoval for his ties to two of the state’s most powerful lobbyists.
The ad accuses “big banks and other powerful interests” of crashing the economy and always getting their way.
“And now they’ve recruited Brian Sandoval to run for governor,” Reid says in the ad. “They’ll just keep holding Brian Sandoval’s hand. But I’ll hold them accountable.”
Sandoval admitted at the start of the campaign that he was asked to run for governor by Pete Ernaut and Greg Ferraro, two of the state’s most powerful lobbyists.
Reid takes some liberties in the ad by linking the lobbyists to the economic collapse. Ferraro represented JP Morgan Chase in the last session, but the two are more well known as gaming lobbyists.
Reid also has his own ties to lobbyists, working for one of the biggest lobbying firms in the state, Lionel Sawyer & Collins.
Sandoval's campaign quickly reacted with a release "reminding" Reid of his own resume as a lobbyist, his firm's large corporate clients and his vote to hire his former political adviser Dan Hart as a lobbyist as a lobbyist for Clark County.
“While it’s ironic that Rory Reid’s first fall attack is false and hypocritical, it’s not terribly surprising from his campaign,” Sandoval's spokeswoman Mary-Sarah Kinner said.