The GOP group endorsed Nevada’s Democratic attorney general.

Reno, Nev. — Thirteen Nevada Republicans announced a new coalition Monday to endorse Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford’s re-election bid against his party’s nominee, Sigal Chatta, a right-wing candidate who is more moderate. Favored Republican primary contender.

The “Republicans for Ford” announcement, first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, signals a major shift in party support as the group is headlined by Ford’s former rival — former state Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson. With former GOP. Chairwoman Amy Turkanian.

“Now, more than ever, it’s time to put state and country responsibilities above partisan politics,” said Roberson, who clashed with Ford and Carson over funding education with marijuana tax revenue. In City, when Ford was Senate Majority Leader and Roberson was Senate Minority Leader. He also called Chatta “unhinged” and a “charlatan”.

Chatta won June’s Republican primary by 11 percentage points over Tisha Black, a more moderate candidate favored by Nevada’s Republican establishment. A Las Vegas-based attorney, he is one of the few right-wing GOP candidates in Nevada to win his primary races against more moderate opponents. Chatta sued Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolik over pandemic restrictions on behalf of the church and has often painted Black as a Democratic sympathizer during the primaries.

Others who have signed on to the effort include former U.S. Rep. Jon Porter. Judy Stephens, former Republican Caucus Director for the Nevada State Senate; and Herb Santos, the Nevada representative for Republican Trial Lawyers, a group that lobbies Republican members of Congress. Five other Republicans are listed as lobbyists in the group.

“General Ford has an outstanding track record of keeping Nevadans safe and protecting our rights,” Turkanian said. “On the other hand, it is unacceptable that Sigil Chatta — an unprepared, dangerous candidate who lacks the experience, foresight, and temperament to do the right thing by Nevadans — is the Republican nominee for attorney general. candidate.”

Chatta’s team did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Monday.

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