Nye County's Leo Blundo; Chris Arabia face multiple sex harassment lawsuits. Male; female accusers
Updated: Feb 27, 2022
Political.tips can reveal that ethically challenged Nye County Commissioner Leo Blundo and the county's District Attorney, Chris Arabia, have been hit with multiple sexual harassment lawsuits.
The pair of court cases stem from the same event, Leo Blundo's 2018 election campaign.
In that contest, for the seat he currently holds, Blundo prevailed by eight votes over the runner up, and had a 33 vote cushion over the against the third place finisher.
One action, brought by Ronni Boskovich, the current Nye County Public defender and a former prosecutor under Arabia was covered in the Pahrump Valley Times in the spring of 2021.The federal civil rights lawsuit accuses Blundo of inappropriate touching, among other allegations. As Boskovich's case winds it way through the judiciary, another suit naming Blundo and Arabia provides a sensational window into an alleged smear campaign against a gay Nye County employee.
If true, the accusations by the male plaintiff against Blundo could be considered especially heinous, shadowed by the fact that both the one term commissioner and his wife, Nevada activist and politician Melissa Blundo, are openly bisexual.
The claims brought by Brett Waggoner are startling, made even more riveting by the fact that he is Boskovich's one time step father and the former husband of of a previous Blundo political opponent. In addition, Waggoner is also the current Nye County Planning Division chief.
As seen below, Waggoner laid out the basis for his belief that he was the victim of a vindictive Blundo, with Arabia playing an active role in the LGBTQ Blundo's attempts at seemingly self hating retribution.
Bolstering Waggoner's charges are two ethics opinions issued on August 15, 2019 by the Nevada Commission on Ethics which concluded “the Commission acknowledges that the evidence in the complaint supports allegations of certain retaliatory conduct,” from Blundo and Arabia.
Thus far neither side has agreed to settle their grievances, with Boskovich, Blundo, and Arabia battling over a motion to dismiss, while Waggoner's team is preparing for the pretrial discovery phase.
Disclaimer: The author, Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, acted as a spokesperson for Leo Blundo on a criminal case unrelated to this matter prior to founding Political.tips.