Las Vegas Sun Endorsement: Jacky Rosen

Las Vegas Sun Endorsement: District 3: Jacky Rosen

As in District 1, there’s a clear delineation between the Democrat and Republican candidates.

The more familiar name is that of Danny Tarkanian, the son of the late-and-great Runnin’ Rebels basketball coach and himself a perennial Tea Party candidate who has yet to win an election. He ran for state Senate 12 years ago, secretary of state 10 years ago, the U.S. Senate six years ago and Congress from District 4 in 2012.

Tarkanian’s candidacies have been hobbled by his extremely conservative positions — including that he would outlaw a woman’s right to choose an abortion even in cases of rape or incest, and a $17 million real estate bankruptcy.

Beyond his ultra-conservative politics and proudly serving as a Donald Trump acolyte — even after the release of the videotape in which Trump brags of sexually assaulting women — Tarkanian has been heard on talk radio spewing his own slurs.

In Jacky Rosen, a Democrat, we have a morally sound first-time candidate for public office who will bring thoughtfulness and a spirit of bipartisan problem-solving to Congress. She pledges to protect Social Security, stand up for women’s rights, support immigration reform and embrace commonsense gun laws. Rosen’s background includes serving for three years as president of Congregation Ner Tamid, the largest synagogue in Nevada, where she oversaw a $2.5 million annual budget and the installation of a sprawling solar-panel array.

It comes down to this: We don’t trust Tarkanian. We have confidence in Rosen, who is smart, reasonable and a proven community leader, to do what’s best for the district. She has our endorsement.