Heller Says it Was Governor's Decision to Appoint Him to Ensign's Seat

By: Pat Hambright Email
By: Pat Hambright Email

In response to questions about a million dollar special election, Dean Heller says it is Brian Sandoval's decision not his.

Heller says he is honored to get the chance to represent Nevada in the Senate, and while sympathetic to the additional financial burden his new appointment will mean to his old congressional district, he says its Governor Sandoval's call.

Looking forward to budget battles in the Senate, Heller says he will vote for the Ryan plan, just like he did in Congress meaning he will have the unique position of voting on the same issue in both houses.

Former Senator John Ensign's resignation becomes effective May 3rd, and Heller is expected to be sworn in that same day.

As for his congressional replacement, Governor Sandoval has yet to set a date or announce specific details for the special election.

At this point Republicans Sharron Angle, Kirk Lippold and Greg Brower have announced they will run along with Democrats Nancy Price and Jill Derby.

Heller says he will consider endorsing a candidate, but will wait until all the questions about the special election process are settled.

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