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Autism group slams NV gov. adviser for comment

Associated Press

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – An advocacy group for autistic children is criticizing Gov. Jim Gibbons’ campaign adviser for referring to first ladies as “window dressing.”

The founder of the Autism Coalition of Nevada issued a statement Tuesday, calling comments made to a newspaper by Gibbon’s campaign adviser Robert Olmer demeaning and sexist.

Hours after a judge Monday approved a divorce settlement between the governor and Dawn Gibbons, Olmer told the Reno Gazette-Journal that not having a first lady in the Governor’s Mansion won’t be an issue, because any first lady “is to a large extent window dressing.”

A Gibbons’ spokesman said the governor disagreed with the statement. Olmer later said his remark was not directed at Nevada’s first lady.

The autism coalition praised both Dawn Gibbons and the governor for their support.