Sen. Heller received lukewarm reception at speaking event in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - United States Senator Dean Heller, R-NV, was in Las Vegas Wednesday to speak to the political group Hispanics in Politics. However, the public's reception of Sen. Heller was lukewarm during the 40-minute speech and question and answer session.

In fact, some people had to be escorted out of the event.  Three people loudly interrupted Senator Heller during his 15 minutes of prepared remarks.

Sen. Heller: "I guess the point is, we want more listening, and less yelling."
Attendee: "Are you going to support the DREAM Act?! Are you going to support all the DACA students in our state?! Yes or no!"

Outspoken people at Sen. Heller's event Wednesday is just the latest incident in a series of incidents at speaking engagements featuring Republicans who serve on Capitol Hill.

"C'mon guys! Who are you working for Senator Heller," another attendee who interrupted Heller said. "Who are you working for?"

During his speech, Heller spoke about political discourse, infrastructure, health care, and tax reform.  Susan Florian attended the event, and she said, although Heller talked about those topics, he didn't really say much.

"I thought that a lot of people asked a lot of really hard questions, and he dodged most of them," Florian said.

Florian says the pent-up frustration comes because Heller hasn't hosted any town halls in southern Nevada.

"There was a lot of frustration in the room, just because I feel like he hasn't had a town hall yet, even though people have asked him to have a town hall," said Florian.

Heller points to several telephone town halls he hosted in the lead-up to Senate health care efforts as a more efficient way to speak with more constituents.
Florian doesn't think Sen. Heller has heard Nevadans on the issue of health care, but Nelson Lucero is more optimistic on immigration reform efforts.

"What I'm seeing is that he sometimes listens, so there's sometimes that he does listen, but we'll have to wait and see what he does next," said Lucero.

Heller was one of 14 Republicans to back the so-called "Gang of 8" immigration reform bill that passed the U.S. Senate in 2013.  It never got a vote in the house, and Heller says he would vote that way today.

"These phone calls to Dean Heller are going to make a difference, that he needs to stand behind all the communities here in Nevada," said Lucero.

Heller did break from some Republicans on one topic, whether or not President Donald Trump should pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
He told the Hispanics in Politics group that he didn't think the President should sign a pardon.  Republican U.S. Senate challenger Danny Tarkanian immediately criticized that statement on twitter, saying "Senator Dean Heller is wrong, as usual."

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