Political strategist James Carville was in Reno today to urge Nevada Democrats to open their checkbooks to help congressional candidate Jill Derby make the most of a rare opportunity to capture the largely rural, Republican-dominated 2nd District.
Carville told about 60 party faithful at a 150-dollar-a-plate
luncheon fundraiser at the Reno Hilton that he's visited
congressional campaigns all over the country. He says Derby is as
good -- if not the best -- candidate he's seen this year. He says
the race is as big as any in the country.
Carville is the C-N-N commentator who directed President
Clinton's successful 1992 campaign. His visit was part of the
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue"
program -- an effort targeting 22 House seats held by Republicans.
Derby says the visit shows how serious national Democratic
leaders in Washington are about her race.
The rural Nevada native who has served the past 18 years on the
state Board of Regents is the lone Democrat seeking to succeed
Republican Congressman Jim Gibbons, who is running for governor.
Gibbons' wife, former state Assemblywoman Dawn Gibbons, is
running for the GOP nomination against Assemblywoman Sharron Angel
and Secretary of State Dean Heller.