It was a conversation I wasn’t supposed to overhear, but the man doing the talking and laughing was loud and not paying very much attention to his surroundings as he spoke to the few camp-followers he had in tow. It happened during the invocation on Sunday, the final day of the Numaga 2018 Pow Wow.
We were seated in the media-only section and had I been working as a reporter, I would quizzed Nevada Gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak on some of his platform positions. But I was there as a guest of the Hungry Valley Indian Reservation as an event photographer – meaning the Pow Wow participants were my main focus.
“Yeah, of course he wouldn’t be here,” Sisolak scoffed, “he only hangs out with the rich.”
He laughed, as did his four-person entourage. He was talking about his primary competitor, Adam Laxalt.
This happened during the invocation, where much of the crowd was silent and reverent. Furthermore, someone said this is a long prayer, to which Sisolak stated, “She’s long winded when she’s invited to speak at the legislature, too.”
Unable to hear the because of the ongoing interruption, he had to be ‘shushed’ twice, including once by me. Very little was said after that and the candidate and his group left the event shortly afterwards.
A few minutes later, I was introduced to Wes Duncan, who is running for Attorney General of Nevada. He was talking with a small group of people and we were discussing his opponents recent bad press.
Aaron Ford was arrested four times in Texas in the 1990s for public intoxication, stealing tires and twice for failing to appear in court. He also fell behind or ignored paying over $185-thousand dollar to the IRS between 2010 and 2014.
“I don’t hold what happened in the 90’s against him, but the unpaid taxes…” Duncan derided Ford.
“Personally, what happened in the 90’s goes towards character — which is important,” I interrupted, “but I can forgive the guy about not paying his taxes on time – after all, taxation’s theft since they’re not using that money the way the U.S. Constitution says it should be used.”
“Well,” changing the subject ever so slightly, Duncan replied, “taxes pay for services and salaries.”
Though he didn’t know it, he made my point for me about the unconstitutional misuse of our taxes, so nothing more could be said. Eventually, he and his aide-de-camp left the Pow Wow, for parts unknown.