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Laxalt campaign confirms new spokesperson was at Jan. 6 insurrection

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Republican Nevada Senate candidate Adam Laxalt waves as he walks on stage during an event Friday, July 8, 2022, in Las Vegas.

The communications director for Adam Laxalt’s Senate campaign confirmed last week that his newly hired campaign spokesperson, Courtney Holland, was at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. 

Holland issued a statement saying she was going to be a speaker at a "Stop the Steal" rally behind the Capitol and she expected to participate in a “peaceful rally.” 

Her statement to CNN said, “Once it became clear what was happening, I left.”  

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Nevada officials are calling on Laxalt, a Republican, to fire Holland and apologize to law enforcement.  

About 150 officers from the Capitol Police, the Metropolitan Police Department and local agencies were injured on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. 

In the days and weeks after the riot, five police officers who served that day died. Four others took their own lives. The incident has become a political lightning rod for candidates, and for law enforcement, it’s personal. 

Matt Richardson is a Clark County Juvenile Probation Supervisor.   

“When we become law enforcement officers, the first they have us do is take an oath to protect the U.S. from enemies foreign and domestic," he said. "That day, the insurrectionists became enemies of the United States. So it’s our duty to protect the United States from enemies. That day, she was a part of the enemy.”   

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Rick McCann is the former head of the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers. He said he has personally asked Laxalt to publically denounce former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie.”  

"How are we going to continue to respect an individual running for U.S. Senate on this bad series of judgements culminating most recently with having someone, the top aid in his campaign, who marched and was a catalyst, a catalyst to those deadly events?" McCann asked.

Yvette Fernandez is KNPR’s daily news reporter and announcer. She joined the station September 2021.