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Gibbons named on list of worst governors

Nine Republicans and two Democrats called nation's worst by group




CARSON CITY -- Gov. Jim Gibbons was named Wednesday as one of the nation's 11 worst governors by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

In naming Gibbons to the list, CREW pointed out that Gibbons in 2007 sent 867 text messages on a state phone to Kathy Karrasch, a Reno woman with whom first lady Dawn Gibbons accused the governor of having an affair. The governor contended they were only friends, although earlier this year Karrasch accompanied him on a trip to Washington.


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  • Gibbons apologized at a news conference in the summer of 2007 for using a state phone to text Karrasch and reimbursed the state $130 for the cost.

    The governor was told he made the worst governors list during a staff briefing. His chief of staff, Robin Reedy said Gibbons' comment was "Anytime I can be on the same list as Arnold Schwarzenegger, then I am in good company."

    Reedy questioned the methodology CREW used to come up with its list, pointing out that it included relying on political blogs and running Internet searches using each governor's name and the word 'corrupt.' CREW, however, also relied on stories written about Gibbons in state newspapers over the past four years.

    "This governor will run on his record, not away from it," Reedy said.

    Gibbons is in the midst of a Republican primary campaign with recent polls by the Las Vegas Review-Journal showing him trailing former federal judge and Attorney General Brian Sandoval by double digits.

    Nine of the 11 worst governors in CREW's opinion are Republicans, including Schwarzenegger and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. Democratic Govs. David Paterson of New York and Bill Richardson of New Mexico also are on the list.

    Peter Bjork, a spokesman for the organization, said CREW reviewed the records of all 50 governors in developing the list.

    "We are nonpartisan," he said. "We go after both parties equally. If any Democrat or Republican governors were left off the list, we would like to hear suggestions."

    CREW calls itself a nonprofit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions.

    Like Gibbons, two other governors on the worst list, Paterson and Sanford, have been accused of infidelity.

    Gibbons is in the process of getting a divorce. The final settlement has been held up by his inability to secure a loan to make a $265,000 payment to Dawn Gibbons.

    Besides the text messages, CREW noted that Gibbons was accused by waitress Chrissy Mazzeo of trying to sexually assault her during his election campaign in 2006.

    While charges were not brought against Gibbons, Mazzeo has filed a civil lawsuit against the governor.

    Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at evogel@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3901.

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    Mike wrote on April 23, 2010 08:38 AM: CREW is as non-partisan as ACORN was.


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    I see stupid people 2 wrote on April 22, 2010 10:05 PM: A quote (this is mine)
    "All liberals are pants wetting, tree hugging, tofu farting hippies"

    Pretty good, right?


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    Brass Casing wrote on April 22, 2010 10:00 PM: This headline should be rewritten to read "Gibbons named on list of worst governors, by leftists group."
    This list is biased and holds no validity. Just goes to show you which way the RJ leans.


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    MTS wrote on April 22, 2010 09:01 PM: Let's see the entire list! Despite our buffoon Gov, how could he be worse than Mark Sanford?


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    This one hurts wrote on April 22, 2010 08:48 PM:
    Sin City has sunk to new a low because of Jimmy Gibberish.

    Why Jimmy Gibberish, why?


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    I see stupid people wrote on April 22, 2010 08:46 PM: A quote (not mine):

    "Not all conservatives are stupid people, but all stupid people are conservatives."


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    Whiteberry wrote on April 22, 2010 07:42 PM: Gibbons is not my favorite Governor, but any list that has 9 Republicans and only 2 Democrats on it has no value. Obviously the list is biased so I would say worthless. Who really cares what a bunch of liberals think anyway? We already know their views are misguided.


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    GW wrote on April 22, 2010 07:29 PM: Thank your legislature for keeping him in there. Rory, Sandoval, Berkely and all the other clowns of yours did nothing to kick him out. He remained there the whole time screwing up your state. Sandoval hopped from job to job and Reid was messing up your county and letting firefighters get paid 200k a year while the people he wants to represent now are unemployed, losing their homes and broke. Good job Nevadans.


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    Free Nevada wrote on April 22, 2010 06:41 PM: 'When asked about his sex life, Gibbons said there had been no intimacy with his wife or any other woman since 1995, adding the comment, "I'm living proof that you can survive without sex for that long."'

    http://www.8newsnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=12026493

    Then, there's Arnold joking about getting cutoff by his wife for two weeks after giving a pro-Bush speech:

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,726204,00.html

    ok you can stop laughing..seriously, we need a strong governor-support staff to actually govern the state and to make the actual Governor position more of a figure head where we can drop celebrities in who will draw people to Nevada for tourism and to start businesses.


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    Dem Left wrote on April 22, 2010 05:42 PM: Nine of 11 are Republicans?

    CREW is clearly a partisan advocate for taxes.


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