Thursday, July 14, 2005

Even Tom DeLay Won't Take His Calls

My my my. Sometimes they just write themselves. Nevada's chapter of the Young Republicans has basically imploded, leaving its chairman with up to $25,000 in personal debt amid allegations that he mishandled money. "I'm thinking of becoming an Evangelical Christian," said the chairman of the group, Nathan Taylor. "They can raise money so fast it makes your head swim."

Taylor plans to hold a press conference attacking three of the state's party leaders -- Sen. John Ensign, Rep. Jim Gibbons and Rep. Jon Porter.

"It's a really sad day when my congressmen and my senator, who are sitting on millions, can't cut me a check for $25,000," Taylor said. "I don't think I'm asking for much. I mean come on. These guys can spend that much on dinner."

"It's not like I should be responsible for the bills I ran up," said Taylor, a 29-year-old political science senior at UNR who said he had to quit his food service job and drop classes to plan the convention. "I mean the whole idea of politics is live large on someone else's dime, right?"

Quit his job in food service? Is that the Republican way of saying "would you like fries with that?"

Last spring, Kriston Whiteside, president of the UNR College Republicans filed a complaint with Reno police about Taylor, asking them to investigate where $25,000 in money meant to plan the national convention went. "He's 25K short, and there's 25K missing. Coincidence? I don't think so," said Whiteside.

The College Republicans later dropped the charges, citing a letter from the chairman of the Young Republican National Federation that gave Taylor authority to loot the convention, but within days, all but three members of the group resigned, saying they were convinced the convention would turn up short of money.

"We knew Ken Lay was Taylor's hero," Whiteside said, "But we just didn't think he could pull off the skimming and the convention too. Turns out we were right."

"Those guys imploded the Nevada Young Republican organization," Taylor said. "It was utterly destroyed. I'm trying my level best to pick up the pieces here, so by rights, the 25K should be mine for all my troubles."

Taylor also is facing a lawsuit from fellow Republican and former Las Vegas City Council candidate Steve Sanson, who says he gave Taylor $500 to help plan his campaign. Sanson has been in contact with producers from both Judge Judy and The People's Court about taking the case. "I'm just trying to avoid liberal activist judges," Sanson said at his American Idol tryout.

Taylor said the charges against him are all politically motivated. "I see liberals coming after Tom DeLay and Karl Rove so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that they're coming after me."

Representatives of the Nevada congressional delegation remained mum on the press conference, with Jon Porter's campaign consultant Mike Slanker simply saying, "I wish him well in his future after politics."

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Monday, March 07, 2005
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Complaint dropped against GOP operative


RENO — A criminal complaint has been dropped against a state Young Republicans member accused of embezzling registration fees for an upcoming GOP convention.

Joe Brezny, Nevada’s national committeeman for Young Republicans, said he asked Reno police to drop the complaint against Nathan Taylor after determining the charges were groundless.

“We’re trying to set the record straight,” Brezny said.

Taylor, 29, a senior at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, accepted the apology.

“I am disappointed it got to the press, but I’ve forgiven those groups for what they did,” Taylor said.

Taylor also won back his job as chairman of the Young Republican National Convention, scheduled July 6-10 at Mandalay Bay. He was removed from the post last month.

In a complaint filed with police Feb. 14, Brezny alleged Taylor used registration fees and donations for personal use such as bar tabs and credit card debts.

In a letter to police, Arjun Dhingra, state Young Republicans chair, said about $25,000 received from 200 people around the country was missing.

Taylor said he produced documents to show he didn’t do anything wrong. He said the bar tabs involved dinners he bought for volunteers of the convention’s committee.

During police questioning, Taylor produced an August 2004 letter that granted him the authority to organize, arrange and sign contracts for the event.

After discovery of the letter, Brezny told police to drop the investigation.