Heller opponent attacks him on ties to Ivanka Trump

Heller opponent attacks him on ties to Ivanka Trump
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Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Defiant Trump meets with House GOP amid border blowback MORE's (R-Nev.) Republican primary opponent Danny Tarkanian launched an attack against the incumbent senator that focuses on his ties to first daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump backs down in rare reversal Hollywood goes low when it takes on Trump Ivanka Trump thanks her father for ending family separations MORE.

Tarkanian, 56, unveiled the attack Wednesday during an interview with local KBET radio host Kevin Wall, focusing on the first daughter's politics in an effort to characterize Heller as liberal.

"Dean Heller's saying that he talks to Trump on the phone all the time," Tarkanian said. "Well, Ivanka Trump was a Democrat, and she's very, very moderate to liberal, compared to the Republican base."


Tarkanian later said in a statement to CNN that he "did not say nor mean to infer a relationship with Ivanka is a bad thing. It is a good thing. She is the daughter of the president."

But he added that Ivanka Trump "is a registered Democrat and more moderate than the GOP base, which means her political views are probably similar to Heller's views, because he is a moderate to liberal."
Heller faces an uphill battle in the upcoming midterm elections. He drew the ire of the president last year when he publicly opposed the Republican ObamaCare repeal effort.
President Trump singled out Heller during a White House summit last year, joking he thought Heller would vote for ObamaCare legislation because "he wants to remain a senator, doesn't he?"