Showdown on the Range

Cliven Bundy, left, and his son Mel Bundy stand on a hill overlooking an area where federal authorities are building corrals near Bunkerville, Nev. Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Cliven Bundy runs cattle on the land. The Bureau of Land Management has been closing off the Gold Butte area near Bunkerville in preparation to remove what they call "trespass cattle" that Bundy runs in the area. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

John Locher

LAS VEGAS — Cliven Bundy and his wife Carol changed party affiliation, registering Friday as voters with the Independent American Party.

Bundy was the featured speaker at an Independent American Party event held to honor him for his courage in standing up for state sovereignty, according to a statement from the party.

There was a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Las Vegas National Golf Course, reported Janine Hansen of Elko, a national committee representative for the party.

When Bundy was asked why he was switching parties he replied, “Well, I haven’t got much good out of the Democrats and Republicans so I decided to try a new one.”

At the meeting, State Chairman John Wagner invited the Bundys to join the party.

Cliven Bundy responded, “I’m darn ready to do it.”

He and his wife signed registration forms as the audience applauded and cheered.

In his speech, Bundy described the events from his standoff with the BLM and criticized Gov. Brian Sandoval.

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According to the IAP release, Sandoval “instructed the Department of Agriculture’s Brand Inspectors to cooperate with the BLM in confiscating Bundy’s cattle. The Governor’s intervention could have prevented the near disaster at Bunkerville. Unfortunately, the Governor represented the interests of the Federal Government BLM bureaucrats instead of protecting Bundy’s rights and the rights of all Nevadans.”

Guest speakers also included Independent American candidates for governor David Lory VanDerBeek, lieutenant governor Mike Little, Congressional Dist. 1 Kamau Bakari, Congressional Dist. 2 Janine Hansen, State Controller Tom Jones, State Senate Dist. 2 Louis Baker and State Assembly Dist. 40 John Wagner. Additional speakers included Tony Dane, founder of Independent Nevada, and Republican Congressional Dist. 4 candidate Niger Innis.

For further information contact Tom Jones, Clark County IAP chairman, at 702-612-7316.

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