A letter led by Sen. Jacky Rosen was sent to Gov. Steve Sisolak, Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson and state Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro requesting the removal of the Sen. Pat McCarran’s statue from the U.S. Capitol.
Additionally, the letter, co-written by Rep. Steven Horsford, supports a name change of the McCarran airport. The state democrats request that Sen. McCarran is replaced with an individual from the state that better represents Nevada’s value.
The letter states, “While Senator McCarran fought for workers’ rights and sponsored legislation that helped shape the modern air travel industry, his dark legacy of virulent racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia have no place representing Nevada, especially in the United States Capitol.”
Nationwide protests prompted by the death of George Floyd have brought these kinds of issues to light. Now legislative leaders are asking for change in the state’s representation. The letter was also signed by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Representatives Dina Titus and Susie Lee.
“As one of the most diverse states in the nation, Nevada should not be represented by someone who perpetrated the very hate and bigotry we are seeking to dismantle today,” the letter continues. “Pat McCarran’s advocacy for racist and xenophobic policies are well-documented.”
The letter goes on to provide several instances displaying Sen. McCarran racist and xeonophobic actions, where he made attempts to hinder equality in the lives of immigrants and, in particular, Jewish immigrants.