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Republican Senate hopeful backs controversial cattle rancher

By Jennifer Kastner. CREATED May 4, 2014

Bunkerville, NV (KTNV) -- This weekend, U.S. Representative Steven Horsford again asked for Cliven Bundy's armed militia men to go back home.

They've been protecting Bundy's ranch for weeks, since the tense showdown with the Bureau of Land Management over Bundy's cattle.

This time, the congressman said he's called on Governor Brian Sandoval, U.S. Senator Dean Heller and Sheriff Doug Gillespie for help.

Congressman Horsford has previously said that the armed militia men have created a tense and unsafe atmosphere in and around Bunkerville.

Bundy militia's Tim Guiney, from Arizona, denies any hostility in the community. "We don't take our weapons into town. We wear our sidearms just like everyone else that lives in this state, but we don't take our long rifles in there."

On Sunday, Cliven Bundy was visited by a new political supporter. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Derrick Grayson.

Grayson flew in from Atlanta, Georgia, to stand with Bundy, despite the rancher's recent controversial comments about blacks.

"It was our government that sponsored slavery. Our government has done some damnable things and I'm sick of our government. It's time for the people to take control of our government," said Grayson.

Bundy maintains that his message about race was misunderstood. "Maybe I lost support [from other politicians], but they misunderstood me. That wasn't a racist comment. I was concerned about the American people," said the rancher.

Jennifer Kastner

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Jennifer Kastner is a general assignment reporter for Action News.