By Stephen Tool, MCIN Staff
Niger Innis is a North Las Vegas resident originally from Harlem, N.Y. He is running for the Republican nomination for Nevada’s U.S. Representative District 4 seat.
Innis says he didn’t wake up one morning deciding to run for congress on a whim. He says he was quite happy with his work for the Tea Party and the Congress of Racial Equality.
He says a group of large and small businessmen along with community activists approached him to run for Congress. “They said to me if the Republican Party were not more successful reaching out to minorities, to women, to a variety of different groups that overwhelmingly against Republicans, we’re going to cease to exist as the country that we know and love.”
Innis said at this point he realized his work as a strategist for the Tea Party and CORE were exactly the issues he’d be confronting in the Congress of the United States. Only this way, he could work on issues and legislation from the inside rather than the outside.
One of Innis’ core beliefs is that small business is the engine of job growth. “I think small business has gotten a very raw deal from this administration.” Innis says says he will lead the fight against taxation and government regulation, which he thinks inhibit economic growth and income equity.
Innis has problems with the incumbent, Democrat Steven Horsford. “Congressman Horsford is a part of the Obama-Reid machine. He’s a classic tax-and-spend liberal Democrat.”
Innis plans to overcome congressional stalemate by seeking alliances with what he calls, “common sense Democrats,” Independents and members of his own party.
While Innis thinks the war in Afghanistan was justified, he also says Afghanistan’s President Karzai is a disaster as a partner. Innis says he questions whether the lives of boys and girls in the armed forces should be put on the line to preserve Karzai’s government.
While Innis believes in fiscal responsibility, he also believes in a strong defense and would keep the Army base open in Hawthorne.
On immigration issues, Innis believes in protecting the border, but not by throwing money at government contractors to build fence that never gets built. He also believes the U.S. should keep stricter tabs on who’s in this country, including those who have overstayed work visas.
While Innis has only resided the more urban in North Las Vegas since 2007, he says he also has a lot to offer rural Nevadans. Innis says he has spent a number of years fighting radical environmentalists who strangle economic development in rural communities.
Innis says that while he knows and likes his opponent, Cresent Hardy, he thinks Hardy is too moderate a Republican to effect much change in national policy. “He’s a politician; I’m a leader,” Innis said.
“The legacy I would like to leave in office, is that a cadre of myself, Republicans and even some Democrats came together and started to reverse America’s slow march to western European Socialism.”