Dead on, Gov. Sandoval will appoint Congressman (and former Secretary of State) Dean Heller, who has proven to be far more conservative in Congress than I thought he’d be when he barely beat out Sharron Angle (whom I supported) in the 2006 primary.
As for Heller’s House seat, you’re correct that nominating Sharron Angle would unnecessarily jeopardize our hold on the seat, especially since the special election will be held under the current lines, which include large swaths of Clark County within the district. I hope that former state Senator Maurice Washington, who represented Washoe County until he was term-limited out in January and who is at least as conservative as Angle (he’s a minister with a pro-business, small-government mindset), runs for the seat and wins the GOP nomination—he’d be unbeatable in the general. And, as a bonus, he’d join Congressmen Tim Scott and Allen West as a third black conservative Republican in Congress who would help erode the ignorant mindset of so many black voters nationwide that blacks can only be limited Democrats.