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Veterans group turns to Vermillion to help with council endorsement

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Former Henderson City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion

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A political group for military veterans has enlisted embattled former Henderson City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion to help decide whom the group should endorse for Las Vegas City Council.

Vermillion is a "special guest panel member" on a forum staged this Saturday by Veterans in Politics International, which will interview seven candidates during the event. Her scheduled appearance comes after she resigned from the Henderson City Council last year, was fired by her board from her job as head of the Nevada Partnership For Homeless Youth in January, and became the subject of an investigation by the FBI.

In 2009, Vermillion gave $2,000 from her council discretionary spending account, to Veterans in Politics. Council members can spend those taxpayer dollars in almost any way they see fit. Typically, the money is given to charities or to help organizations with basic necessities. Also in 2009, Vermillion gave $3,000 to her own charity, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.

Steve Sanson, Veterans in Politics International president, said Vermillion "is smart, she knows the issues."

"She knows what to look for, and she'll do a good job to ask the necessary questions," he said Tuesday.

Asked if he was worried that her inclusion might taint the panel's endorsement, Sanson didn't think so.

"I had Mike McDonald on the Las Vegas city panel last year," which interviewed candidates for the mayor's seat, Sanson said. McDonald is a former Las Vegas councilman investigated on ethics complaints and tax fraud allegations but never charged with any crime. He is now being considered a front-runner to be named chairman of the Nevada Republican Party.

Sanson said Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross, who retained his position after a recall election attempt earlier this year, will moderate the interviews. Ross had nothing to do with choosing Vermillion to sit on the panel, Sanson added.

The interviews will be held starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive.

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  1. Leave this woman alone! Haven't these people seen the recent problems this woman has experienced?

    Only a few weeks ago She allegedly attempted to commit suicide while her daughter was home!

    How vile and inconsiderate can these people be? Even if she volunteered to participate do you not have the common decency to recognize an obvious situation and allow this woman time to recuperate.

    Very disturbing.

  2. As a long time Veterans Advocate, Activist and Writer - I'd strongly encourage everyone to do their due diligence in researching Steve Sanson and his little Veterans In Politics INTERNATIONAL group!

    The VIPI has only half-a-dozen, or so, active members, and is known to be a one-man-scam! You'll find that VIPI is NOT even generally supported by the many other National Veterans Service Organizations (NVSO's) represented through-out the valley!

    Seriously, amongst the thousands of retired professional officers and NCO's in our diverse Veterans Community - Sanson's brief military record is unremarkably concerning, and he continues to be a source of embarrassement!

    Add to that his pathetic attempts to parlay in poitics, and his record as a radical, right-wing extremist as well as his history in "fund-raising" and I'm confident most people will come to the same concerned conclusions!

    As for the guest panelist, I'd agree, she needs to be healing privately and taking a break from the public spotlight, respectfully!

  3. UNBELIEVABLE.... That's one way to get media coverage for your event or should we now say "THREE RING CIRCUS".... Do you really feel this is in the best interest for everyone involved?
    I agree with Unlv702 VERY DISTURBING....

  4. This is for the last three people that commented. First UNLV702 I have no respect and consideration for people that hide behind user names that's not their own. In other words I will not comment on your act of sympathy, because I believe that it's not sincere. Second Shae Shaw is this your real name? Please use your full name so I can better address your deep concern that you are claiming you are having regards to Ms. Vermillion. Third Jonathan Abbinett you are projecting and you are hypocrite, extremely jealousy, won't face me, and should seek counseling; with that said your one man endorsement "the Veterans Voice" remember Jonathan? The Veterans Voice was a column in the Veterans Reporter before you were tossed out by Mr. Baker. Then you decide to use it as an endorsement toll just for Democrats. You don't hold a candle to the Veterans In Politics International and we don't and I don't answer to you. With that said who are any of you to tell Ms. Vermillion how to handle stress everyone has their own way of dealing with it. Get LIFE!!

  5. Why is this newsworthy? I am sick of seeing "news" stories about this woman. She's become Las Vegas' version of Linsay Lohan.