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January 29, 2015

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TV station owner ends Twitter rampage on Horsford

Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers

Steven Horsford

Steven Horsford

Jim Rogers, the mercurial television station owner and former head of the Nevada System of Higher Education, has changed horses in the Congressional District 4 race.

Once a blistering critic of Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas, he now said in an interview he is supporting him over Republican Danny Tarkanian.

“Of the two, he’s the better candidate,” he said. “I still have problems with Steven. But, you know, those are more irritating than substantive.”

He sent a letter to Horsford on Thursday saying he would not support Tarkanian because “my enthusiasm for his candidacy has waned” as he learned about Tarkanian’s “understanding of the critical issues facing Nevada.”

Rogers also said Horsford committed to bringing a “full service medical school” to Southern Nevada.

“I am also pleased by your written commitment to me to bring expanded health and medical services through a new complex to be built in Southern Nevada which will be anchored by a full-service medical school,” Rogers said.

Earlier this year, Rogers went on a Twitter rampage against Horsford, calling him a “poster boy for arrogance,” a “con man,” “a fraud and an empty suit,” and a “terrible person.” That ire seemed to be sparked when Horsford apparently didn’t live up to a promise to place a telephone call Rogers.

Tarkanian brought up Rogers’ support for him in a debate with Horsford on “Ralston Reports.”

Defending himself against a Horsford ad that painted him as a Tea Party extremist, Tarkanian, said: “If I were really an extremist, do you think Jim Rogers, arguably the most important or credible independent in the state of Nevada, would support me?”

After his tweets reached a fever pitch, Rogers said he met with Horsford and Democratic kingmaker Billy Vassiliadis.

Rogers, in an interview with the Sun, said of Horsford: “I don’t think he’s the perfection of mankind. Most of those complaints are more in form than substance.

“I don’t appreciate those who don’t call me back.”

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  1. Damn, Rogers is a fool. He'll flip tomorrow.

    Maybe he'll threaten to cut the throat of one of the candidates, as he did his news anchor once.

  2. Jim Roger is coming late to the party. Steven Horsford has always been the best candidate.

    Jim Roger was using old school tactics with Mr. Horsford. Trying to get something for something. Maybe this is how it goes, maybe. However, you can be assured, Jim Roger was pressured, not Steven Horsford.

    Congressional District 4 in Nevada is huge. Any smart person should knows this.

    Mr. Horsford has been through the fire. He is not a fluff candidate. This man can and will fight for Nevada in congress. Sorry Danny, we know your dad, we don't know you. Plus, you have no record of helping Nevada like Mr. Horsford.

    Jim Rogers, his "Little Red Hen" moment. Your too late Jim, your help is not needed!

  3. How dare one not call back the king?

  4. How many people in Las Vegas know who Jim Rogers is, what he owns and what he's done? Maybe 10%? - So his impact is Very Limited. Jerry Tarkanian seems to feel entitled because his Dad actually accomplished a Great Deal for UNLV. Jerry however looks to be another one of those Republican Tea Party Wing Nuts (a.k.a. Sharon Angle).
    Horsford, Berkley and Reid are ALL in favor of a Real Medical School for Southern Nevada. This would be the Single Greatest Economic Driver for Las Vegas in a long time to Improve the quality of Health Care, Create Great Paying Jobs, Development,
    and a Steady supply of New Highly Trained doctors as well as an important update center for current doctors.

  5. To have gone on the rampage that Jim Rogers did just because someone didn't call him back says a great deal more about his own character than it does about Horsford's. I'm sure there are many people who have never received a personal call from Senator Horsford but have been longtime supporters just the same. Now with 11 days to go until the election, it will be interesting to see if Mr. Rogers supports Sen. Horsford with as much enthusiasm as he did hating on him.