Quote of the Day

QUOTE OF THE DAY…. Brian Sandoval, the Republican gubernatorial nominee in Nevada, was asked by Univision if he was at all worried about what might happen to his kids if they visit Arizona. The question was in reference to Arizona’s anti-immigrant law.

Sandoval, Nevada’s first Hispanic federal judge, said he wasn’t worried — because his kids don’t look Hispanic.

Sandoval later denied (twice) making the comment, but reporter Jon Ralston has this item:

I have confirmed that Brian Sandoval, as reported by Univision’s news director in a column and revealed in an earlier blog post, did indeed say that his children don’t look Hispanic when asked by the Spanish-language station whether he was worried about his kids being profiled if they were in Arizona.

Sandoval denied (twice) making the comments during an interview with “Face to Face” this week. But the comments are on videotape, I have confirmed. Univision, however, is declining to release the tape, claiming (as most media organizations would) that it is work product.

My guess, too, is that Univision will not air the video now — why wouldn’t the reporter have used it originally???? — because the station higher-ups are mortified about the disclosure of Sandoval’s comments in a scathing column in El Tiempo by news director Adriana Arevalo. My guess is that station folks also are apoplectic that a news director would consider it appropriate to write a harsh column about a gubernatorial hopeful — they are saying she did it in her capacity as an El Tempo columnist but she can’t just wash away her TV title.

What is it about Nevada Republicans and bizarre remarks this year?

I haven’t seen the tape, and maybe there’s some exculpatory context I’m not aware of. But if the reports are accurate, it’s a pretty awful comment. What does Sandoval think should happen to children in Arizona who do “look Hispanic”?

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.