Gibbons Drops Denton as Adviser

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons has severed another link with Nevada's established political advisers, parting ways with Jim Denton.

Denton, one of four experienced political hands involved in Gibbons' successful 2006 campaign, says his paid adviser role ended amicably in mid-January.

The former advisers have been replaced by newcomers who are largely unknown in Nevada's political circles. They include the governor's only paid campaign staffer, Robert Olmer, who acknowledged to the Las Vegas Sun that he lacks political experience.

Other Gibbons advisers include Howard Weiss, who owns an RV and auto repair business in Reno; and southern Nevada businessman Monte Miller.

Four years ago, Gibbons' campaign team included some top Republican consultants. Besides Denton, they included campaign manager Robert Uithoven (I'-toven), GOP kingmaker Sig Rogich and lobbyist and consultant Greg Ferraro.

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