Carters stump at Incline home |

Carters stump at Incline home

Tom Meyer
Tom Meyer / North Lake Tahoe Bonanza / Nevada Democratic Senate candidate Jack Carter speaks at Incline residents Andrew and Barbara Perlman-Whyman's home.

INCLINE VILLAGE – A squad of Secret Service agents descended here Friday to provide security for a meet-and-greet attended by U.S. senatorial candidate Jack Carter and his mother, former first lady Rosalynn Carter.

Hosted by the Whyman family, many of the 70-plus attendees confessed to being as interested in meeting Mrs. Carter, who’s charitable activities are widely esteemed, as in hearing her son stump.

During her introduction Rosalynn Carter focused her remarks on Jack’s campaign against incumbent Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.

“Jack is going to be Nevada’s voice to Washington; his opponent has been Washington’s voice to Nevada,” she said.

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When Carter took the floor he continued his mother’s approach.

Carter said the state’s junior senator, even with a Nevada pedigree, “might as well be from Texas” judging by his consistent support for President George W. Bush.

“I’ll admit that I’m a carpet-bagger, but I want to be your carpet-bagger,” joked Carter, 59. “Our world is literally going towards a conflagration …and I put it straight on the backs of this administration and on the Congress that approves whatever they do.

“(Senator Ensign) is one of the people who is enabling this president … and I want to put the brakes on the direction he is taking this country.”

Specifically, Carter criticized the way current policy has encouraged nations like Iran and North Korea to accelerate their nuclear weapons programs, the administration’s willingness to allow the Chinese government to purchase U.S. bonds and the president’s choice to make “political, not professional” appointments.

Carter said his election might be enough to give the Democrats a majority in the Senate, which would make Nevada’s other senator, Harry Reid, the majority leader.

In response to a question, Carter did praise Ensign for his involvement in the purchase and sale of federal lands in Nevada that Ensign had been involved in, such as those conducted through Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act and the Incline Lake sale.

“(Ensign) worked with some local people on that and he did a very good job, in my opinion,” Carter said. “I think he’s changed since then.”

Carter briefly mentioned the challenges of dealing with the preponderance of federal agencies active in the Tahoe Basin, but did not elaborate on what those challenges might be or what me might do about them.

He also said that, as some of the wealthiest in the state, Incline Village residents have a “bigger stake” in the issues facing the government.

Recent polls show Carter trails the incumbent by 10 percent of voters with at least 10 percent undecided.

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