I Have Paid My Dues

The G.O.P. frets as Nevada's Laxalt nixes another Senate run

For four days, the old sheepherding camp that Senator Paul Laxalt's Basque immigrant father had staked out at Marlette Lake in the High Sierra resembled an army bivouac. Some 50 close supporters, including many of his seven children and ten grandchildren, trooped in and out, camping in tents as they advised the Nevada Republican on one of the toughest decisions of his public career. In the end, neither family members nor G.O.P. leaders could persuade Laxalt, 63, to make a third run for the Senate. "I have paid my dues," declared Laxalt as he announced his decision in Carson City last...

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