Taking license

Likely state legislator Dennis Hof was hit by a business setback while he was on the hustings.

The Nye County Commission and sheriff, acting as the county Liquor and Licensing Board, stripped him of his brothel and liquor licenses because he forgot to submit renewal requests. However, he found a more sinister reason for the action.

“This is all designed to embarrass me some more so I won’t get elected,” he told the Pahrump Valley Times.

Not much chance of that. Assembly District 36, where he is running as a Republican, is regarded as likely to elect a dingo before it elects a Democrat. Hof beat incumbent James Oscarson in the GOP primary, and Democratic nominee Lesia Romanov awaits him in the general election. If voter registration means anything, the Republicans hold a massive registration majority in the district.

Hof failed to renew on time once before without being penalized, but this time he was stopped cold. County officials in the sheriff’s office actually went to his brothels and confiscated the licenses, plus all employee work cards. Hof said he had not received renewal notices, but those are a convenience. The licensee still has the duty to renew.