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Burnette’s “Laxalt Tapes” Story Smells Fishier than Shamu’s Tank

Do you believe in coincidences?  Especially in politics?

Neither does Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Victor Joecks over the effort by Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett to “set up” unannounced Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt, Nevada’s sitting attorney general, by secretly recording a conversation in a private meeting the pair had over a year ago.

You can read Victor’s column on this kerfuffle by clicking here.

Burnette turned the recording over to the FBI, which determined that nothing illegal had been done or said by Laxalt.  As such, Burnette claims he “moved on” from the attempted political hit job until “somebody” (gee, I wonder who?) leaked information about the incident to the press.

And yet, Burnette continues to play footsies with Democrats in the Nevada Legislature, who are now launching Kefauver-like hearings on the “Laxalt Tapes” despite the fact that the session is almost over and the fact that, um, the FBI, which actually investigates “Public Corruption” crimes for a living, has already investigated and found there was no “there” there.

Now, about those coincidences.  Here’s another one…

We’re talking about a conversation between the state’s Attorney General and the state’s Chairman of the Gaming Control Board that was related to what has been described as an “urgent” matter involving one of the top gaming executives in the galaxy.

But despite how busy both men are, that conversation didn’t take place over the phone.  Why not?

Could it be that, by law, in order for Burnette to record Laxalt in a phone conversation he would need either Laxalt’s permission or a court order to do so secretly?

So the pair decided to meet in person.  In the Attorney General’s office in Carson City?  No.  In the GCB Chairman’s office in Carson City?  No.  Why not?

Could it be that, again by law, in order for Burnette to record Laxalt on government property he would need either Laxalt’s permission or a court order to do so secretly?  Hmm.

Instead, if I understand what happened correctly, Burnette asked Laxalt to pick him up from a car dealership in Reno and take him to a coffee shop for a meeting on private property where he could legally record the in-person conversation secretly without Laxalt’s knowledge.

Am I the only one who smells something fishy here on Burnette’s part?

There should be an investigation on all this, alright.

But the investigation should be on Burnette’s actions and motivations, not Laxalt’s!