Catherine Cortez Masto on Principles & Values



Offensive to criticize Mexican-American for no Spanish

Cortez Masto said it was "offensive" to suggest she isn't Mexican enough because she doesn't speak Spanish. Cortez Masto was responding to her opponent's former political director, who is also Mexican-American and who asked in a tweet: "quick question does @CatherineForNV speak Spanish?"

"I think its absolutely ridiculous--if that was the litmus test for whether or not you're Mexican-American then Gov. Sandoval would be thrown into that," she said.

Source: Buzzfeed News on 2022 Nevada Senate race , Sep 22, 2016

Served as Assistant County Manager & criminal prosecutor

Q: Please state your qualifications for this office.

CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO: I served two terms as Nevada's Attorney General and became well known for integrity and leadership on behalf of Nevada families, women, and seniors. Prior to serving as Attorney General, I worked as an Assistant County Manager for Clark County, Nevada and served as a federal criminal prosecutor for the United States Attorney's Office in Washington.

Source: Vote411.org League of Women Voters: 2016 Nevada Senate Race , Sep 19, 2016

Question Trump on Emoluments clause.

Cortez Masto signed questioning Trump on Emoluments clause

Excerpts from Letter from 17 Senators to Trump Organization: The Trump Organization's continuing financial relationship with President Trump raises concerns about whether it is a pass-through for income that violates the Constitution's two Emoluments Clauses: Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 on foreign Emoluments; and Article II, Clause 7 on domestic Emoluments. Please answer the following questions to help Congress understand:

Legal Analysis: (Cato Institute, "Emoluments Clause vs. Trump Empire," 11/29/16): The wording of the Emoluments clause points one way to resolution: Congress can give consent, as it did in the early years of the Republic to presents received by Ben Franklin. It can decide what it is willing to live with in the way of Trump conflicts. If it misjudges public opinion, it will pay a political price at the next election.

FOIA argument: (ACLU Center for Democracy, "FOIA Request," 1/19/17): We filed our first Freedom of Information Act request of the Trump Era, seeking documents relating President Trump's conflicts of interest relating to his business connections. When Trump took the oath of office, he didn't take the steps necessary to ensure that he and his family's business interests comply with the Constitution. Some have even argued that upon taking the oath of office, the new president is already violating the Emoluments Clause.

Source: Letter from 17 Senators 17LTR-EMOL on May 18, 2017

Certify 2020 Presidential election as fully & fairly counted.

Cortez Masto voted NAY blocking certification of the Electoral vote

Explanation of 1/6/21 Electoral Certification, by Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner:Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar led an objection to counting Electoral College votes from the state of Arizona, the first formal objection to state results in a series of moves that will delay the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election over President Trump. Cruz is advocating for an `emergency 10-day audit` of election returns in disputed states. The usually ceremonial joint session of Congress that convenes to count and accept Electoral College votes will be put on hold as the House and Senate separately debate the objection.