Assemblyman Hickey blasted for comments on minority and youth vote

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Assemblyman Hickey blasted for comments on minority and youth vote

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Democrats in Nevada are criticizing Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey for a comment he made on a local radio talk show about minorities and young voters.

Democrats in Nevada are criticizing Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey for a comment he made on a local radio talk show about minorities and young voters.

Hickey was describing the Republican outlook for the 2014 Election. He said a non-presidential election year and no democrat on the top of the ticket will translate into success for Republicans at the polls.

Hickey was speaking to conservative talk show host Dan Mason on KOH.

"We have some real opportunities in 2014. It is a great year in a non-presidential election. Seemingly no Democrats at the top of the ticket against Sandoval, no Harry Reid. Probably where we had a million voters out there in 2012, we have 700,000. A lot of minorities, a lot of younger people will not turn out in a non-presidential. It is a great year for Republicans."

Democrats say Hickey's comments reveal that Republicans would like to suppress the vote. Hickey later told the Reno Gazette Journal that the comments were taken out of context and that his voting record shows he's not "a racist or youthaphobe."

Governor Sandoval and state Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson have condemned Hickey's remarks.

Here's a statement issued by Senator Dean Heller on Thursday:

"Recent comments from Assemblyman Hickey are divisive, insensitive, and run counter to the basic duties and honor of public service. Assemblyman Hickey should know that it is a privilege to represent Nevada's many cultures and ethnicities. And furthermore, it is his responsibility, as it is all elected officials, to welcome any Nevadan into the political process, regardless of political affiliation, background, or any other characteristic."