From Tahiti to Nevada
Russo's Road to the
Race for Governor
by Steve Miller
copyright (c) 1997, Electric Nevada
|What kind of road would lead a wealthy movie producer living in Tahiti to move to the sandy, sagebrush-dotted Great Basin, take up residency in Sparks and agree to run for the governor's chair?|
| Russo will tell you that if it had
not had been for his two young sons, Max and Sam, and the
needs of their future, he might still be in Tahiti. He'd
moved there back in 1990, when he found that, in America,
he no longer felt free.
"And it wasn't any one specific thing," says Russo. "It was just general tendencies of everything you got involved in...you were always waiting in line, everything was being examined, everybody was telling you what to do."
Whether he was having to wait on line for a mile to put a quarter into a toll booth, or wait on line to get a license, he says, everything kept coming down to regulations -- whether it was the IRS, or trying to build a house, everything seemed to have turned into complying with regulatory codes.
"Everything you do, there was always a general sense of oppression," he recalls. "And I hated it. I didn't feel free. And so I left. I felt oppressed,
even though I was
It was at that point,
he says, that he turned the party reins over to Cooper.
overwhelming -- far
outstripping any expectations he'd had.
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