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More GOP values in Nevada gov race

No surprise at all — reports of deviant behavior by GOP conservative candidates are almost a cliche now. This time it’s Nevada gubernatorial candidate Jim Gibbons — he’s accused of sexual assault. (WaPo):

Nevada’s race for governor was barely a contest at all until it took a scandalous turn a few weeks ago, when a cocktail waitress accused Rep. Jim Gibbons of trying to sexually assault her in a parking garage after a night of drinking just off the Las Vegas Strip.

The lurid allegations in the closing weeks of the campaign have put the race back in play and put the one-time Republican front-runner on the defensive. Policy issues have taken a back seat to dueling news conferences, a burgeoning criminal investigation and a mystery over what exactly is on the parking garage’s surveillance video.

Gibbons, a conservative five-term congressman from Reno and the only member in the House to have served in both the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars, had held a nine-point lead in September over liberal Democrat Dina Titus, a state lawmaker and political science professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In a possible measure of how much damage the scandal has done, President Bush is headed to Nevada for the second time in a month, with a speech scheduled Thursday in Gibbons’ solidly Republican congressional district.

Gibbons told the police that he merely walked 32-year-old Chrissy Mazzeo to her truck and “helped her catch her balance” when she tripped near the garage entrance. He said the videotapes would prove he did nothing wrong.

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