Casino regulator at national convention despite ban
August 31, 2004
A member of the Nevada Gaming Commission is an alternate delegate to this week’s Republican National Convention in New York City, despite a state law barring members of the panel from serving as members of political conventions.
Las Vegas lawyer and accountant Radha Chanderraj said she didn’t know of the prohibition. After talking with state Gaming Commission Chairman Pete Bernhard, she said she believes there’s no violation because she’s an alternate and not a delegate.
Chanderraj said she’ll confer with the state’s attorney general’s office and abide by whatever the office says.
Nevada Attorney General Brian Sandoval is also a delegate and in New York, but Chanderraj said Tuesday that she had not yet talked to him about the law, written in 1959. It doesn’t spell out a penalty.
Mike Hillerby, Gov. Kenny Guinn’s chief of staff, said he didn’t know about the situation but would have the governor’s legal adviser look into it.
Sandoval, a former Gaming Commission chairman, said he had heard about the issue but didn’t want to comment because his office might become involved. He said a staff member was looking into the situation.
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Chanderraj was appointed to the commission in 1999 by Guinn. Her current term ends in April 2006.