Nevada’s incumbent attorney general Aaron Ford (D) is projected to win his second term in that office, defeating Republican challenger Sigal Chattah, who sued the state over COVID restrictions and played up right-wing culture war issues as a candidate.
This race saw a relatively low-key Democrat face off against a Republican with a reputation for making offensive comments.
Ford, as attorney general, secured hundreds of millions of dollars In settlements with drug producers and distributors in the wake of opioid addiction lawsuits. He’s also been supportive of criminal-legal system reform efforts, as well as new laws His office was authorized to pursue so-called “knock warrants” and to limit no-knock warrants “pattern and practice” Investigations into civil rights complaints against police officers.
Chattah however, stated Ford is “anti-police” — but that’s just the start. “This guy should be hanging from a fucking crane,” In a text message, she wrote that later became public.
Later, she said: “I would never attribute a racial context to hanging from a crane” And “That is my culture … that’s what is done to people in the Middle East, to traitors. And that’s just part of my vernacular.” Chattah is Yemenite Jewish. ”We’re the Blacks of the Middle East,” she said separately.
Ford, who is Black said Chattah’s remark about him being hanged showed she “doesn’t respect my dignity as a human.”
Chattah stated that America was in need of a Tweet. “a lot less pronoun badges, trannies, criminals and corruption.” Chattah was challenged about her use of a slur in discussing transgender people. defended doing so by saying the word was “part of the American culture.” She also stated “sexually deviant curriculums” Schools should be closed. “I don’t find any reason for drag queens reading books to children,” she told Nevada Current.
Ford on the other side, stated that it was the responsibility of the state to ensure public health in the face of an unpredicted pandemic.
“We worked very hard to be certain that we stayed on the right side of the Constitution, which is evidenced by the fact that the courts agreed with us 99% of the time on these restrictions,” He told the story Nevada Newsmakers.
Nevada law guarantees the right to abortion up to the 24th weeks of pregnancy. In 1990, a ballot measure was passed that protects the law from being altered by the legislature. Chattah has recognized the law. telling Vox, “I will never prosecute any woman for terminating a pregnancy, nor will I extradite for prosecution to another state when an action is legal in Nevada.” She also stated that she believes in personal responsibility “life begins at the fetal heartbeat” She wrote on her campaign website, that she would support “a ‘heartbeat’ ballot question similar to what Texas has passed.”
Ford said on Nevada Newsmakers Chattah was “unfriendly to this notion of pro-choice that we have in this state, and we need to be concerned about that.”
During the campaign, the Republican raised crime rates as a topic. The Nevada Independent reported that the state had broadly seen a decline in crime levels during Ford’s tenure.
Chattah, unlike other Republicans, has stated that she doesn’t believe the 2020 election was rigged. She cited the absence of evidence. “concrete proof that there was a steal.” Still, she told KLAS in Las Vegas, “we have evidence of voter fraud.”
Voter fraud cases that are not criminally culpable are extremely rare. In Nevada, there’s been only one prosecuted case related to the 2020 election, against a man who pleaded guilty to voting on his late wife’s ballot. The man, Kirk Hartle, was the chief financial officer of a company that had hosted a rally for Donald Trump; he’d claimed before being charged that it was “sickening” A ballot was cast in his honor.
“Voter fraud is rare, but when it happens it undercuts trust in our election system and will not be tolerated by my office,” Ford said Hartle was indicted. “I want to stress that our office will pursue any credible allegations of voter fraud and will work to bring any offenders to justice.”