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Paul Laxalt, the former GOP Nevada Governor and close ally of Reagan, dead 96

FILE – In this April 1981 file photo, Senator Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.), on ABC’s Good Morning America TV show in Washington. Laxalt, the conservative Republican who rose to political power died as a Nevada Governor, U.S. senator and close ally of Ronald Reagan at the age of 96. A PR company says he died on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, in a health care facility in Virginia. (AP Photo, File)

Paul Laxalt, the son of Basque immigrants, who rose to political power as the Nevada Governor, U.S. senator and close ally of Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 96.

Laxalt died Monday in a health care facility in Virginia, according to the public relations company The Ferraro group.

The conservative Republican, had a checkered political career, including a brief run for President in the year 1987. But he described the offer as “the four bad months of my life”, and in a 2000 interview with The Associated Press, said he was glad of the policy.

In the interview, that the focus Laxalt a memoir, he wrote, said he’s not trying to compete with his brother, the late, award-winning author Robert Laxalt, and planned to “hang on to my daily work.”

Robert is included to write “Sweet Promised Land”, his classic story about the Laxalts’ father, a Basque, to the left in the Pyrenees, in the years 1906 flock of sheep in the American West.

Paul Laxalt’s memoir tells of his youth and the rapid rise to political prominence in Nevada, his years as a U.S. senator, Reagan confidant, presidential aspirant, and, finally, a legal Advisor, and lobbyist.

Laxalt refused to write, an insider from the “kiss-and-tell” account of the Reagan years. He said he would not retire on the proceeds of the memoirs, because it avoided a saleable mix of gossip, sex or a scandal.”

The successes in the political sphere, Laxalt is the right fit in the old-fashioned, block-house is a American tradition.

Born in Reno and grew up in Carson City, Laxalt learned the Basque language of his immigrant parents. But as soon as he learned English, he got a fairly rude rejection of the small hotel-restaurant his parents ran on Carson’s main street: many political speeches, such as the bourbon-lubricated speeches by top elected officials, who would show up for dinner and drinks.

After surviving the terrible World war II combat was duty in the Philippines, Laxalt was married to Jackie Ross, and went to law school. He returned to Carson and practiced law with Ross’ father, who later became a Federal judge. He began his political career by the first elected district attorney in 1954.

Laxalt won his first statewide race for Lieutenant Governor in 1962. He lost a U.S. Senate race in 1964, but bounced by he the Governor’s race in 1966.

“Not bad for a Basque shepherd’s child,” said Laxalt.

As a Nevada Governor, and Laxalt gambling industry has been credited with the repair of the damaged relations between the country and the Federal government regarding the state of Nevada. He had several telephone conversations with the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, the promotion of Hughes’ casino acquisitions, which helped to get rid of Las Vegas and the mob influences.

Laxalt also helped to start the state community college, medical school, and Lake Tahoe conservation efforts.

After a term as Governor, Laxalt left-wing politics and joined his family in a trouble-plagued hotel-casino venture.

The venture led to a bitter libel suit against the Sacramento bee about stories about the family, the Ormsby House hotel-casino.

Blame the bee for the suicide — a day Laxalt, before the lawsuit has been settled — by his brother Peter’s ex-wife, who had been interviewed by the paper.

Laxalt is the marriage with his first wife, with whom he had raised six children, ended in divorce in 1972. He married Carol Wilson in 1976.

Laxalt in the policy returned by winning a U.S. Senate seat in 1974. When he retired after two terms in the year 1987, he had become one of the most popular figures in Nevada political history.

In Washington, Laxalt, one of Reagan’s closest and most reliable friends, his link to the Senate, and his national campaign Chairman, and general chairman of the Republican party.

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