The election of Brent Jones as Assemblyman from Nevada's 35th district is noteworthy for a few reasons, the greatest being his faith. Las Vegas is heavily populated with folks from all religious convictions, especially Mormons, as both of Nevada's U.S. Senators are LDS church members. However, Jones is not LDS, he's a Scientologist, with a less than savory past.
Both the LDS 'faith' and Scientology are largely viewed as cults, so it makes sense that both peacefully coexist by swindling the gullible public. The victory of Teabaggers in 2014 shows just how gullible and ill-informed the electorate is, and Brent Jones is hardly deserving of anyone's trust, but here we are.
Brent Jones considers himself a Tea Party-Republican with a law background. His official campaign bio makes no mention of his Scientology, but his involvement in the 'faith' is unmistakable. Jones has always been a serial entrepreneur involved most notably in the company Real Water
This company claims to have water with the correct number of electrons. The website claims: Before (regular water) it gets to you, it has traveled through pipes, filtration devices, and various systems. During these travels, it has been stripped of electrons (-). The result is water that is positive (+) ionized. Second, the water is very acidic.Jones is partnered in this water company with Mormon Barry Brooksby, another serial entrepreneur from the heavily polygamous-populated St. George in Southern Utah.
Jones is notorious for his involvement in a case where the Church of Scientology effectively swindled a sizable chunk of the fortunes from a man named Raul Lopez. Lopez was awarded a $1.7 million settlement when his pickup was hit by a sleep-deprived big rig driver. Over time, Lopez lost a considerable amount to the Church of Scientology, as they claim to help him through a process known as auditing. Unfortunately for Lopez, his trusted attorney was none other than Brent Jones. In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures, Jones also boasted of his ostrich farms which also swindled Lopez of tens of thousands of dollars.
Jones embraces the platform of the irresponsible Tea Party, which keeps taxes and regulation low on corporations. This depletes the public coffers for things like road maintenance, public education and community enrichment. Nevada's image of being the center for low brow entrepreneurs is not helped by all the cult members in the ruling class. The LDS Cult and Scientology are insidious frauds, ask anyone with cognitive skills. Las Vegas sure seems like the place where a snake oil salesman can make out like a bandit, and so many of the state's officials prove this to be true.
It figures Jones is a Republican, as they always act contrary to their stated values. Lopez was mentally impaired from his accident, and Jones preyed upon a disabled man. Founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard proclaimed, “My current intentions are to inject a higher degree of sanity into as many lives as possible. As the business world reaches so many, it is an ideal vehicle.” Sanity? L Ron was as sane as Joseph Smith, the Mormon pioneer and profiteer. The vehicle to wealth and prosperity? The gullible electorate.
Just add Sane Scientologist to the list of oxymorons often found in the GOP.
h/t @AngieSullivan0 for her tireless work for Nevada's future