Former President Ronald Reagan won’t have a mountain top near Las Vegas named for him after all, now that a Nevada House Democrat has killed the project with a legislative move.
Instead of heading to a federal agency for final approval, the project that won the OK from an official Nevada body earlier this year is kaput thanks to Rep. Dina Titus’ surprise proposal to name the same peak after Maude Frazier. Frazier’s claim to fame? The Democrat was the first female lieutenant governor of Nevada.
Her legislative proposal trumps the drawn-out effort by the Gipper’s supporters--and has them angry.
“Unbelievable,” said Mount Reagan Project organizer Chuck Muth. “This cheap shot is as petty, partisan and politically vindictive as you'll ever see. Titus didn't even have the courtesy or decency to tell us about the stunt she was pulling.”
According to reports, her spokeswoman said Titus wasn’t ‘dissing Reagan, only honoring Frazier.
The project was part of a larger effort from Grover Norquist, head of Americans For Tax Reform, to continue and boost the Reagan legacy. He told Secrets, “It is sad to see the Washington politician Titus unaware of what Nevadans have been working to achieve for more than one year now -- to name a mountain peak after President Reagan. Washington politicians stepping on local leaders making local decisions is unhelpful and too common.”
Muth and his supporters said that the Mount Reagan naming of a peak on Frenchman Mountain was well known in Nevada and agreed to by a Nevada board before Titus introduced her trumping legislation.
“Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying Frazier – who you likely have never heard of – isn’t deserving of being honored, especially as the state’s first woman lieutenant governor. But she should get her own mountain or other natural feature; not the one the Nevada Board on Geographic Names already approved for President Reagan!” he said.Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.