The IRS -- "It Really Sucks"
Film Producer Readies Race
For Nevada Governor Chair
by Steve Miller
copyright (c) 1997, Electric Nevada
|Nevada's next governor could turn out to be a long-time Hollywood producer with a flair for the dramatic and a passionate interest in the defense of individual liberty.|
Russo -- whose production credentials include the films Wise
Guys, Trading Places, and The Rose,
among others -- has authorized Nevada supporters to begin
laying the foundation for a campaign to win the
Republican gubernatorial nomination, Electric Nevada has
Russo himself, after flying into Reno Friday, appeared at a Carson City GOP Lincoln Day event the same evening. A full-blown announcement of his candidacy is currently scheduled for March 22, sources say.
Famed political consultant Lyn Nofziger -- assistant to President Reagan for political affairs from 1981 to 1982 -- is in line to serve as the campaign's chief strategist, according to one source close to Russo.
"That's a 95 percent done deal," the source said.
Nofziger is currently president of Nofziger Communications, a Washington consulting firm. He began his career as a newspaper reporter and later became press secretary for Ronald Reagan's first race for Governor in 1966.
Russo first began appearing on Nevadans' radar screens last year. That was when a number of conservative and libertarian activists in the state became
interested in Russo
after seeing a video he had produced early in the year in
the time the video was made, the producer looked very
much the entertainment industry impresario -- with wavy
black hair down to his shoulders, a pendulous pearl
earring in his left ear, and dramatic black clothing.
in front of his wife,
by two L.A. County Sheriff's Department deputies who had
burst into their home. They were part of a five-agency
state and federal surprise "drug raid" on the
ranch -- a raid which was later found to have had no
probable-cause justification. It was also a raid where
deputies, operating under asset forfeiture laws, were
later found to have arrived on the scene with real estate
appraisals in their "search documents"
specifying the value of adjoining properties.
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