State Controller Kathy Augustine, the only constitutional officer in Nevada's 141-year history to have been impeached and convicted, said Monday she's still considering bids for two other elective posts - along with a private sector job.
"This is not the way I want to end my career," Augustine said
at a news conference, as she discussed her impeachment by the
Assembly and conviction by the state Senate a year ago for using
state equipment for her 2002 campaign.
The Republican controller was censured but not removed from
office by the Senate, and was acquitted of two other charges,
including using a state computer and staff to help her win a second
four-year term as controller.
In September 2004, she was fined $15,000 by the state Ethics
Commission after admitting to three willful violations of state
ethics law. Augustine had been making $500-a-month payments until
last month, when she paid off the balance.
Augustine, repeating previous comments, said Monday that she
decided an admission to the ethics violations was better than the
threatened alternative of criminal charges through a grand jury
indictment sought by the attorney general's office.
Had she been indicted, Augustine would have had to leave office
pending resolution of a criminal case. By admitting the ethics
violations, she had to go through the impeachment proceedings but
was able to stay in office.
Augustine said she wanted to again bring up the factors in her
decision to provide "a personal perspective" of the struggle she
went through after being warned about possible criminal
Asked if she wanted to run for elective office one more time,
possibly for state treasurer or lieutenant governor, to vindicate
herself, Augustine laughed and said, "It would be up to the public
to decide." Because of term limits, she can't seek a third term as
Augustine also said she has polls for both the treasurer's and
lieutenant governor's race that show less than half of those
surveyed oppose her candidacy. But she said she wouldn't release
details until making a final decision in early 2006.
Augustine also said she has done no fund-raising. She also has
been urged by state Republican Party Chairman Paul Adams to not
embarrass the party by seeking another elective office next year.