The Establishment Can’t Save Dean Heller

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Establishment Senator Dean Heller, a 30-year Career Politician

Dean Heller (R-Nev.), has spent nearly his entire adult life as a politician. The 57-year-old senator began his political career as Chief Deputy State Treasurer in the Nevada Office of the State Treasurer in 1988. In 1990, Heller won election to the Nevada State Legislature where he served two terms until 1994 when he ran for Nevada Secretary of State and served three terms.

In 2006, Heller ran for Congress in Nevada’s District 2. Congressman Dean Heller served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. On May 3, 2011, Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Heller to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacated seat of John Ensign. The appointment afforded Heller the ability to run in 2012 as an incumbent giving him an edge to win.

Heller is currently seeking re-election in 2018.

Heller Will Face a Primary Challenge

Republican Danny Tarkanian has announced he will run against Heller in 2018. Tarkanian, who is well-known, previously ran and won a high-profile contested primary against the establishment state senator and majority leader, Michael Roberson, in 2016. Democrat Jacky Rosen ultimately won the general election.

Roberson, first elected in 2010, was strongly backed by the Tea Party as a sound conservative. However, once elected, Roberson quickly shed his conservative cloak and aligned with the moderate establishment wing of the Republican party to pursue his quest to climb the political ladder. Roberson has earned the nickname of RINO (Republican in name only). The state senator’s failed congressional attempt was backed by the establishment, both in Nevada, and DC, and even with loads of their money, Tarkanian whooped him.

Bad News for Establishment Incumbent Dean Heller

A recent poll from JMC Analytics has Tarkanian leading with a whopping 8 points. That is 39 percent to incumbent Heller’s 31 percent, as reported by Breitbart. The survey also indicates that 51 percent of Nevada voters want someone other than Dean Heller.

The Nevada U.S. Senator keeps company with the Republican establishment and has grown up to be a trusted and mature RINO in his long political career. He openly spoke against Donald Trump and joined with Mitt Romney and his group of “never Trumpers” in the 2016 presidential race.

Heller successfully helped kill the Obamacare repeal bill in June of 2017 and has been wishy-washy on repeal since Trump won the White House.

Recently, on the Kevin Wall talk radio show, “Talk That Rocks,” a caller explained Senator Heller like this: “Dean Heller runs as a conservative in a primary, a moderate in a general, and once elected, votes like a Democrat.”

Steve Bannon Meets With Tarkanian, Has Bannon’s Full Backing

That’s good news for Tarkanian and bad news for Dean Heller. Bannon has been working to establish a political structure for the 2018 elections. Ned Ryun, a conservative strategist working for Breitbart, says that the GOP primary challenges will be well-funded.

Establishment Leader Mitch McConnell All in for Dean Heller

Mitch McConnell reports he will spend seven figures to defend Dean Heller. The senator is one of the most vulnerable GOP incumbents facing re-election.

Considering McConnell’s reputation as the “establishment leader,” McConnell’s endorsement is a liability, maybe even a jinx for the Nevada senator. Just ask Luther Strange.

Pro Trump Group Targets Dean Heller

In June, when Dean Heller spoke against the Obamacare repeal bill, a pro-Trump group, America First Policies, spent seven figures running ads against the incumbent.

According to a June 2017 article by The Hill, Former top McConnell aide, Josh Holmes, told the Times: “That the White House is asking people to take a tough vote and then running ads against members while we’re still in negotiations is so dumb it’s amazing we even have to have the conversation.”

Why is it a tough vote? Republicans, including Dean Heller, have campaigned for years on repealing Obamacare. The repeal should have happened already, and Heller should not even have taken the time to blink before supporting repeal.

Bannon Sets His Sights on Heller

During a “60 Minutes” interview, Bannon claimed: “the Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election” and said that Republican establishment members would, “be held accountable if they do not support the president of the United States.”

Dean Heller is one of five GOP incumbent senators Bannon is working to defeat.

The five senators include: Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, Nevada Senator Dean Heller, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, and Alabama Senator Luther Strange.

Bannon has already won his first fight with the defeat of Senator Luther Strange. One down, four to go.

Chances of Dean Heller Retaining His Seat


By Laurel Fee

Breitbart: Exclusive — Nevada Senate Poll Shows Danny Tarkanian Takes Lead Over Dean Heller
Wikipedia: Dean Heller
Politico: Bannon plotting primaries against slate of GOP incumbents
The Nevada Independent: McConnell-linked Super PAC says it’s all in for Heller
Slate: What Steve Bannon Is Up To
CNN Politics: Bannon and allies preparing primary challenges against GOP senators

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