Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley won't be a candidate for Nevada governor in 2010.
Buckley was widely presumed to be running for governor despite never officially entering the race.
Sun columnist Jon Ralston reported Buckley's decision this morning. Buckley released a statement later in the morning, saying she decided not to enter the race to spend more time with her family.
“In the weeks since the end of the legislative session, I have had the time and opportunity to have serious, in-depth discussions with my family about my potential candidacy. After taking stock of the impact a 14-month campaign would have on my family, particularly my 10-year-old son, I have made the decision that now is not the right time for me to run," she said in a statement.
Buckley's decision leaves Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid as the sole frontrunner in the race for the Democratic nomination.
The bad news: This leaves Rory Reid in the Democratic Primary (for now).
The good news: This leaves Rory Reid in the Democratic Primary (for now).
On one hand, early polling has shown that Reid, Jr., may be the weakest potential Democrat to run for Governor next year. But on the other hand, a smooth primary may help Rory solidify his numbers and prepare for the general election while the Republicans continue slinging mud at each other. (They haven't even waited until the new year to start!)
Of course, there's always a chance that "Mr. Mayor" Oscar Goodman will shake things up by either jumping in the primary to steal Rory's thunder (he's not even in [yet], and Oscar's already out-polling Rory) or playing a spoiler role in the general as an "Independent". While all eyes are on Harry Reid right now, I'm sure he'll find a way (yet again) to outsmart the GOP and all our eyes will be on the Governor's race as the marquee race in Nevada next year. And while Barbara Buckley may have just made Rory Reid's political life a little easier today, I doubt things will stay this calm for long.