Business leaders are flooding the political candidate job market following Trump’s success as a pragmatic, business-oriented, decision-maker continues to be perceived as the way out of the legislative mire created by partisan polarization.
The latest to enter the political arena is 55-year-old Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian, who will be challenging the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Dean Heller, in the 2018 Nevada Senate primary.
The foundation of Tarkanian’s policy platform will be the points on which Trump was able to win the purple state: healthcare and immigration. In a statement to The Associated Press, Tarkanian classified himself as a “conservative Republican who supports the policies of President Trump to repeal Obamacare and end illegal immigration.”
Tarkanian’s attempts at translating his business acumen to a political career haven’t been privy to the same beginner’s luck as was Trump’s. He has been vying for a Nevada Senate seat since 2004, when he lost to incumbent Michael A. Schneider in the general election, and then again to Democratic candidate Ross Miller, son of former Nevada Governor Bob Miller, in the 2006 general election.
In 2010, Tarkanian failed to make it to the general election against incumbent Harry Reid, coming in third behind Republican candidates, former Nevada Republican chairwoman Sue Lowden and former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle.
In 2012, Tarkanian faced an uphill climb in trying to win Nevada’s 4th congressional district, which contained most of Clark County, where Obama was projected to win with a 56 percent vote share, and where Harry Reid defeated Sharron Angle by a margin of 51 percent to 44 percent. Tarkanian saw marked success in the primary, defeating eight other candidates, but lost to Steve Horsford in the general election, 50 to 42 percent.
Finally, in 2016, Tarkanian lost to Democrat Jacky Rosen in Nevada’s 3rd congressional district by less than 4,000 votes. Each time he has inched closer, and he feels the environment created by Trump has paved the way perfectly for him to attain his 13-year long goal.
It’s clear Trump’s influence in politics is transcending to multiple different people potentially seeking office. Here’s a list of peole who are considering or have mentioned a potential future political run:
- Transgender activist and controversial personality Caitlyn Jenner, who has been touting a possible run for senate. “I have considered it. I like the political side of it,” said Jenner, who is a Republican, on AM 970 in New York. “The political side of it has always been very intriguing to me. Over the next six months or so, I gotta find out where I can do a better job. Can I do a better job from the outside? Kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to talking to anybody? Or are you better from the inside, and we are in the process of determining that.”
- Hard rocker and avid Trump supporter, Kid Rock, announced plans to run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan.“I am definitely a Republican on fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues. I am no fan of abortion, but it’s not up to a man to tell a woman what to do. As an ordained minister I don’t look forward to marrying gay people, but I’m not opposed to it,” Rock said.
- Actor and former WWE wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has joked about presidential 2020 run, but a committee, titled“Run the Rock 2020,” has filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for legitimacy if Johnson chooses to campaign.
Danny Tarkanian: “I’m very excited to announce that I’m going to run for United States Senate here in Nevada against Dean Heller.” pic.twitter.com/aGPpLuESvl
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