Cliven Bundy backer Michele Fiore launches congressional run in Nevada

by The Associated Press  |  published on March 10, 2016

LAS VEGAS — Republican Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who’s known for brash statements, her love of guns and outspoken support for jailed Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, filed paperwork Wednesday to run for Congress.

Fiore is seeking to replace Republican Rep. Joe Heck, who’s leaving his seat in southern Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District to run for U.S. Senate. The race has attracted a crowded field of Republicans including Danny Tarkanian and state Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, with whom she differs on a tax increase lawmakers passed last year.

“If we want to get back on track and right this ship, we need strong Republicans who are not afraid to go against Republicans,” said Fiore, who wore a necklace with a gun-shaped pendant when she registered at the Clark County clerk’s office.

The two-term lawmaker is taking a major gamble by not seeking re-election to her Las Vegas district, where registration is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, and instead jumping into a race against a pack of better-funded opponents. She said she’s taking the risk after learning how often Nevada has to adjust its policies to meet federal mandates and keep federal money flowing to the state.

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