Citing Nevada's need for "an experienced voice in Washington, D.C.," Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Wednesday that he will appoint Rep. Dean Heller to fill the vacancy of retiring Sen. John Ensign, whose resignation becomes official May 3.
"Dean is an experienced representative who is ready for the responsibilities of this office, and who will work hard, not just for Nevada, but for the entire nation," Sandoval said in a statement.
"Just as Senator John Ensign fought for states' rights and sound economic policies, Dean will speak out for the concerns of everyday Nevadans," he said. "I am confident he will help get Nevada working again."
The only surprising thing to me is that Sandoval actually mentioned Ensign by name, but Dave Catanese has the governor's full statement, which ever-so-subtly jabs the resigning senator by calling Heller a man of "deep personal integrity."
Anyhow, now that this is all but over with, we can move on to the craziness that will ensue in the special election to fill Heller's 2nd CD seat. Should be some good times.