Response from Assemblyman Pat Hickey: "I am sorry about my recent comments and regret I made them. It was not my intention to alienate any anyone, but I did misspeak, plain and simple and for that I apologize.
I agree with Gov. Sandoval that Republicans must earn the trust and confidence of all Nevadans. I look forward to working with the Governor and my fellow Republicans in accomplishing just that.”
Sen. Dean Heller: “Recent comments from Assemblyman Hickey are divisive, insensitive, and run counter to the basic duties and honor of public service. Assemblyman Hickey should know that it is a privilege to represent Nevada’s many cultures and ethnicities. And furthermore, it is his responsibility, as it is all elected officials, to welcome any Nevadan into the political process, regardless of political affiliation, background, or any other characteristic.”
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Republican minority leader in the Nevada Assembly is apologizing for remarks that set off a political firestorm and brought condemnation from other top Republicans in the state.
Assemblyman Pat Hickey of Reno issued a statement late Thursday, saying he regrets his remarks made Tuesday to a conservative radio talk show host. In that interview, Hickey said next year's election will benefit the GOP because young voters and minorities will stay home.
Hickey says it wasn't his intent to alienate anyone and he offered an apology.
Democrats were swift to pounce on Hickey's comments, saying they show Republicans are focused on suppressing voter participation.
Gov. Brian Sandoval, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and other top state Republicans condemned the remarks Thursday and distanced themselves from Hickey.