NV-GOP Official Says Minorities and Youth Won’t Vote In 2014
Matt | On 26, Sep 2013
I posted this for a specific reason.
It’s an off-year for elections in politics. The general public isn’t nearly as engaged as they were last year in the run-up to the presidential election. All the more reason to stay glued to media outlets and the filth spewed from some of them.
In Nevada, State Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey, a Republican, was interviewed by conservative talk radio host Dan Mason. Discussing the chances for state-level victories in the 2014 elections, Hickey began to make bold predictions about the fate of his party.
According to Hickey, Republicans are going to bask in a whole lot of victory, namely because minority and youth voters will stay home. Hickey attributes this to 2014 not being a presidential election year. He also cites the lack of big-name Democrats on the ballot in the state (i.e., governor and U.S. Senate) as a boost for the GOP.
To quote Hickey directly, he said:
“We have some real opportunities in 2014. This is a great year in an off-presidential election. Seemingly no Democrat on the top of the ticket against [Gov. Brian] Sandoval. No Harry Reid. Probably where we had a million voters turn out in 2012, we’ll have like 700,000. A lot of minorities, a lot of younger people will not turn out in a non-presidential. It’s a great year for Republicans.” [SOURCE]
My gut reaction is one of WTF proportions. But, sadly when you think about it, Hickey is (somewhat) correct. Voters that traditionally go for Democratic candidates are most active in presidential election years (2008, 2012, 2016, etc.). That’s not something to be proud of, but rather to work on. Voters have to learn that every election is important no matter who is at the top of the ticket.
The thing that pisses me off most, though, is how Hickey is prepared for victory based on who won’t show up to the polls. I’d like to encourage him and his lost party to consider governing from a place of ideas instead of exclusion. If Republicans learned how to come to the table with more concrete and workable solutions, they may be able to turn a few minority and youth voters in their direction.
I may have just offered a bit too much common sense for them.
Listen below to the audio clip from the interview: