Why I’m Running 2018-03-21T15:03:15+00:00

WHY I’M 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 will be challenging him again in 2018 in the REPUBLICAN primary…

#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.

If you want limited government, you need limited taxation.

But in just three 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 three terms in office, he’s voted for over $2 BILLION worth of tax and fee hikes on you and me.

Including the largest tax hike in Nevada history in 2015!

Which included the creation of a new business income tax (the Commerce 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 taxaholic. 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.

#3 TEMPERAMENT

In case you missed it, in the last election 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 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 colleagues 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 2015 caucus meeting 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 – in 2015.

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!

Dennis

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What They’re Saying: Bob Zmuda, Writer/Producer

“I’ve known Dennis for almost 40 years and he’s one of my and the late Andy Kaufman’s best friends. While I appreciate that some people may object to his business, the fact is it’s legal and safe. It also empowers the women who chose to work there to control their own lives and destinies. Dennis is also one of the kindest, most generous men I’ve had the pleasure to know in celebrity circles.” (Mr. Zmuda is the founder of Comic Relief and producer of “Man in the Moon”)

What They’re Saying: Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform

“Raising taxes is what weak politicians do instead of the hard work of making tough spending choices. Assemblyman Oscarson took the easy way out and voted for the largest tax hike in Nevada history last year. His opponent, Dennis Hof, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will keep his word to the voters he represents. This choice is a no-brainer.”

What They’re Saying: Assemblyman Ed Goedhart (ret.)

“As the former representative of District 36, I couldn’t be more disappointed in my successor. By voting for the largest tax hike in Nevada history, James Oscarson broke his word and sold out his constituents for thirty pieces of silver. So I wholeheartedly endorse Dennis Hof for this seat in 2016.”

What They’re Saying: James Smack, former Nevada Republican National Committeeman

“As the former Republican National Committeeman for Nevada, I am pleased and honored to endorse the only true conservative in the race for Assembly District 36. That person is Dennis Hof. Assembly District 36 is blessed to have a businessman and community leader like Dennis Hof willing to stand up, self-fund his own campaign, and go up against one of the poster boys for all the special interest groups in Nevada. I trust Dennis Hof to hold the line on taxes and regulations, and be the kind of leader we need in Carson City. I wholeheartedly support Dennis Hof for the State Assembly.”

What They’re Saying: Nevada State Assemblywoman Michele Fiore

“I’ve served two terms with James Oscarson. He’s the pits. He’s a hand-maiden of the governor and bought-and-paid-for ‘yes man’ for lobbyists and special interests. We need more successful, independent businessmen in the Nevada Legislature. That’s why I’m supporting Dennis Hof one thousand percent!”

What They’re Saying: Nevada State Assemblyman John Moore

“To work effectively with your colleagues in Carson City, you need to be able to trust that if they give their word they’re going to honor their word. That was not my experience with Assemblyman Oscarson last year. We thought we had his support in opposing the big tax hike, but in the end he flipped on us. I’ll never take anything he tells me at face value again.”

Geoffrey Lawrence, former Deputy Policy Director, Nevada Policy Research Institute

“Dennis Hof is the last, best hope for taxpayers in Assembly District 36. The incumbent betrayed the voters and pushed through the largest, most punitive tax in Nevada history just months after 80 percent of Nevada voters said no to this kind of tax. Dennis is committed to reversing that atrocity, pursuing legitimate education reform, and re-establishing Nevada as the best place in the world to live and do business.”

What They’re Saying: Jim Marsh, Businessman

“As the longtime owner of several businesses in southern Nevada – including the Longstreet Inn and Casino in Amargosa Valley – I know a successful entrepreneur when I see one. And Dennis Hof is just that. He owns dozens of successful tax revenue-producing operations and fully understands the undue burdens government too often puts on the shoulders of the true job creators in our state. We need more like him in the Legislature.”

What They’re Saying: Bill Carns, former Nye County GOP Chairman

“Having grown up in and around conservative politics and having served four years as chairman of the Nye County Republican Party, smack in the heart of District 36, I can say our current Assemblyman has lost his way with his constituents while finding his way to the Special Interests. District 36 needs a change back to our conservative roots and Dennis Hof is the candidate who can deliver it.”

What They’re Saying: Nye County Republican Party

“Assemblyman James Oscarson no longer (has) the support of the Nye County Republican Central Committee…(and) the Nye County Republican Central Committee encourages Republicans in Nye County and throughout Nevada to withhold any future support from James Oscarson in any future elections.”

What They’re Saying: George Harris, former Clark GOP chairman & Nevada GOP finance chairman

“In more than 30 years as a Republican Party leader, I’ve learned one thing the hard way: Just because you have an ‘R’ after your name doesn’t make you a good guy, let alone a good conservative. Indeed, after James Oscarson double-crossed us on the margins tax last year, I have to say those strung-out meth-heads on street corners promising they’ll ‘Work for Food’ are more believable than one of his campaign promises.”

What They’re Saying: Pat Weatherman, Businessman

“I am 74 years old and have been in Nevada since 1963. I really pay attention to politics and have never missed an election. I’m a business owner with a goat ranch in rural Nevada, while most of Las Vegas and Reno voters are wage earners. We share nothing in common, and each year I feel abused by politicians like Assemblyman James Oscarson. I’m supporting Dennis Hof!”

What They’re Saying: Tucker Carlson, FOX News, MSNBC, The Daily Caller

“Dennis is a thoroughly charming guy – one of the great American salesmen, a consummate showman. While I’m not sure I support the business 100 percent, he is a totally self-made guy – something I really respect.”

What They’re Saying: Judy Gloria, Former Hof Bookeeper

“I worked for Dennis for almost twenty years – first doing his banking and then booking his travel. I still hear from him on my birthdays and on Christmas. He always sends me a card and a generous check. How many bosses do that? How many former bosses?”

What They’re Saying: Tina Trenner

“While running against James Oscarson in the Assembly District 36 GOP primary, I found people distrusted and disliked him. People resent his lack of integrity. Dennis Hof appears to be very concerned about taxes and individual freedoms, so I support him over a man who is historically and obviously not trustworthy.”