Why I’m (Maybe) Running

Why I’m (Maybe) Running…


Hello, I’m Dennis Hof – a longtime Nevada business owner, star of an HBO reality TV series, an Oxford lecturer, the subject of an in-depth New Yorker magazine article,  and now a candidate to represent you in the Nevada State Assembly for District 36.

Here are the three main reasons why I ran against the incumbent Assemblyman James Oscarson in 2016 and might challenge him again in 2018…

#1:  TAXES

They say money is the root of all evil.

Taxes = money.

And the problem isn’t an objection to all taxes.  We need taxes for the legitimate, constitutional functions of government – such as public safety, law enforcement and the courts.  The problem is all the other non-essential, often feel-good “stuff” that tax hikes allow.

Such as the $60,000 spent for a “tree survey and inventory” in Henderson designed to “collect data on the health and diversity of the urban forest.”

If you want limited government, you need limited taxation.

But in just two terms in office, Mr. Oscarson has voted to raise taxes or fees over and over and over and over and over and over again.

In his two terms in office, he’s voted for over $2 BILLION worth of tax and fee hikes on you and me.

Including, last year, the largest tax hike in Nevada history!

Which included the creation of a new business income tax – just like the one 80% of Nevada voters rejected at the ballot box in 2014.

Which also, by the way, created a new “Nevada IRS” that every Nevada business now must report to, whether they owe the tax or not.

In addition, Assemblyman Oscarson voted for 29 out of 32 other tax/fee hikes in the 2015 legislative session.

The guy is a raging Taxasaurus!  A serial taxaholic.  He needs help.

Actually, he needs to be replaced.

#2:  TRUST

Having been in the legal brothel business for more than 24 years, I know a “working girl” when I see one.

And Assemblyman James Oscarson is the most shameless political (w-word rhyming with “more”) in Nevada.

It’s not just that he lied and told us he was against tax hikes – before being for them.

It’s that he sold out the people of District 36 by trading his votes for higher taxes and fees in return for campaign cash from Carson City lobbyists and special interests.

And by the way, that’s not a wild, baseless accusation.  Mr. Oscarson publicly admitted that’s what he did!

“The bottom line,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “is a broad and diverse group of businesses came to me and said, ‘Please do this.’”

You can read all the disturbing and disgusting details by visiting www.TheBigSelloutski.com

And if Mr. Oscarson was willing to lie to and betray the voters of District 36 on the issue of taxes, what makes you think he won’t sell you out when it comes to your gun rights?

Or your water rights?

(By the way, I’m a well owner myself…so I have a PERSONAL interest in fighting on this critical issue!)

This election is about trust.

It’s about giving your word and then keeping your word.

Assemblyman Oscarson broke his word and violated our trust.  And now you and I are paying for it.

As the saying goes, if a man’s word is no good, the man is no good.

He needs to be replaced.


In case you missed it, back in August some supporters of Mr. Oscarson tried peddling a false story to the press that there was a warrant out for my arrest over some kind of traffic violation.

After an investigation it was revealed they had the wrong guy.  It was another “Dennis Hof” who lives in another state and is some 25 years younger than me.

But that bush-league “dirty trick” by Mr. Oscarson’s dumpster-divers caused us to look into HIS past.

And we discovered that the tax-hiking Assemblyman was once arrested for assault and disorderly conduct!

You can read all about it by going to: www.dennishof.com/fan-rage

Now, the reason this is relevant to this campaign is that as part of Mr. Oscarson’s plea bargain in the case, he was required to undergo “anger management” treatment.

Unfortunately, it apparently didn’t work.

And this is a real problem when it comes to fulfilling his responsibilities as your representative in the Nevada Legislature.

In fact, I’ve heard collegues and others describe his temperament as self-important, untrustworthy, arrogant, egotistical, misogynistic, know-it-all, conceited, condescending, deceitful and outright dishonest.

And I can’t tell you how many people who have worked in Carson City with Mr. Oscarson who talk about his problems controlling his temper when he doesn’t get his way.

I’ve heard of one instance in a caucus meeting last year where he was literally jumping up and down, red in the face, yelling and dropping one F-bomb after another.

That’s not the image he projects when he’s here at home.  But away from us in Carson City…

And there’s also the mysterious resignation of his office manager – called an “attaché” in the Legislature – last year.

Rumors on the reason for this person’s departure range from Mr. Oscarson simply being impossible to work for to outright sexual harassment!

There are also reports of him treating woman legislators in a very demeaning manner – refusing to recognize them in committee meetings when they disagree with him and essentially taking the attitude of “Go away, little girl.  The men are talking.  I’ll call you if I need you.”

This is not a man who plays well with the other kids in the sandbox.  And it makes for bad, ineffective representation for the voters of District 36.

He needs to be replaced.

I’m asking for you to give me the opportunity to better represent you in the Legislature next year.

I’m asking for your vote.

And thank you for taking time to read this!