Working with Steve the last 4 years of his life was an experience for which I will always be grateful. I helped him, he helped me. Steve was a wonderful coach and mentor. He enjoyed watching my professional career grow. I loved working in technology to share his talent with new generations.
Steve’s passing on June 22nd was unexpected. There are days when I am still in shock. When I reached the decision to run for office we talked about it over coffee. I walked out of the Einstein’s Bagels location Steve loved to hang out at on Sahara and drove down to file after hearing how much he believed in me and that it was time. Steve was my very first endorsement of my political life.
Steve had great plans of how he was going to help me. He told me that one day I was going to be somebody. From that day in March I first filed for office I did not dream I would be at his hospital bed the day of the June 10th primary. Steve was a great cheerleader who wanted to make phone calls for me and even offered to come to Carson City to be my attache. We would crack up because everyone could imagine Steve in the Capitol passing out drinks and cracking jokes. Steve had worked at many candidate fundraisers over the years and with a gleam in his eye offered me a “family discount” on his services.
Historically Steve and Marty were the first comedians to go onto the floor of Congress. Steve remained interested in politics the rest of his life. He had enjoyed lunch with John Boehner about 3 months before he passed away. We did not agree on everything but had passionate discussions which helped me to develop an even greater appreciation for all points of view. Steve’s brother Santi was a political campaign manager in California. It was a great blessing to have met Santi and to have his political counsel after losing Steve.
There will never be another guy like Steve. I am proud to call him my friend and mentor. It was fitting to have him in my campaign video because I both love him and he had planned to make an endorsement video with me but was so sick. We were holding on for when he would be looking good again. The day before Steve passed away I had to fly in and out of Reno on business for my campaign. Steve wanted me to go work my gig. I would have cancelled for him. I am forever blessed I made it back in time before he passed away.
I know Steve is pulling for me. He would have been happy to be in the video with a picture from when he was still feeling good and selling his show. Most of all I want him to know how very much I appreciated all he taught me in my life. I will carry those lessons forward in his memory.
Thank you Steve. I feel your encouragement every day.