Senate Dems attack GOP candidate for not speaking about taxes; she responds by....having someone else speak

I admit it: I was going to ignore the stunt news conference by state Senate Minority Leader Aaron Ford and -- cue the laugh track -- "concerned residents" about how GOP hopeful Heidi Gansert would not speak about last session's tax increase.

Oh, they tried to entice me by linking to my post about her embarrassing equivocations. But I refused to bite. It was a cute gimmick, to be sure. But not worthy of a post.

Until, until, until, THIS:

Reno, NV – Today Assistant Majority Leader Ben Kieckhefer (R-Reno) released the following statement :

“Today Senator Ford and the Senate Democrats acknowledged that they have no chance of beating Heidi Gansert in the General Election in Senate District 15. It’s nice that they have come to accept that reality and demonstrate it so plainly. The other reality they reminded everyone of today is that Democrats did nothing to improve education in Nevada during their recent four years of unilateral control of the Legislature. It took Republican leadership in 2015 to make dramatic strides for education in our state, including a renewed focus on school choice, career-and-technical education, English language learning, gifted and talented programs, a “Read-by-Three” mandate, and new teacher incentives, all of which expanded under Republican leadership. It’s sad to see the Senate Democrats grasping so desperately for power, knowing that they’ll do absolutely nothing with it to improve education in Nevada.”

First, let me say I agree with Kieckhefer that the Democrats, who were unable to accomplish much despite years of legislative hegemony, will have a difficult time taking credit for last session's education funding package proposed by a GOP governor and passed by a Republican-controlled Legislature. I suppose I should say they will have a difficult time doing it with any credibility. Fine.

But, but, but: The Senate GOP's response to one of their key candidates being attacked for not speaking forthrightly on a Republican tax plan is to....have someone else speak? Gansert remains silent while Kieckhefer doesn't argue the facts and just attacks?

That's confidence.

The best defense sometimes is a good offense, but sometimes it's just offensive.

And it's only March 10.