By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
At least two Republicans are set to face off in a bid to challenge for Steven Horsford’s Fourth Congressional District seat, which covers White Pine County and much of rural Nevada.
Niger Innis, currently the national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, will run against Mesquite resident and Nevada Assemblyman Cresent Hardy.
And while Innis has recently received an endorsement from Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has reported Hardy has garnered the support of U.S. Senator Dean Heller, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicke, U.S. Rep Mark Amodei and Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury.
While Innis was appearing on Hannity’s show to discuss the remarks made by North Carolina NAACP leader William Barber regarding fellow African American and Republican South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, Hannity made it clear which side he was on. Holding up a Niger Innis for Congress T-shirt, he once again pledged his endorsement and support for Innis and his campaign here in Nevada.
“The topic we were there to discuss is serious, and it reflects my campaign. I am an African American Conservative running for office and elected leaders or candidates should not be attacked for being a Conservative by leaders from the National NAACP,” Innis said. “The
African American public has the right to be Conservative and it should be held in high esteem that we have that right to choose where values are and ideas fall on the political bell-curve of Conservative or Liberal.”
Innis added, “I am very pleased to have the support of Conservative Republican and national figure Sean Hannity. I have appeared on his program many times as a Conservative commentator, and he knows that I have been a Conservative all my life.”
Local Tea Party Representative Philip Henry has been vocal in his support for Innis since his campaign started.
“I was pleasantly surprised while watching Hannity the other night to hear him endorse Niger Innis,” Henry said.
The endorsement on the popular conservative show shines a light on the rural Nevada congressional district in front of a national audience. It’s a district, Henry said, that Innis has a “keen interest” in.
“Niger Innis will bring representation in congress to the fourth congressional district, especially white pine and lincoln counties.” Henry said. “This is a clear indication that Niger is the conservative candidate in this race.”
Innis currently serves as the National Spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality. He works closely with the National Chairman and represents CORE across the country and in North Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to his role with CORE, he served as the Chief Strategist for TheTeaParty.net.
Hardy is a conservative Republican who says he’s the best person to represent the district. He is a fifth-generation Mesquite native and has spent decades in the construction industry.