Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks is finally speaking out about the firestorm surrounding his behavior, saying he wanted to clear the air.
Brooks again on Wednesday avoided reporters as he arrived for the day's Assembly session in Carson City. Outside his office during a recess, however, Brooks agreed to speak on camera with FOX5.
"Let's clear the record," Brooks said.
Before making his official on-camera statement, Brooks walked down the hall to the restroom, reacting to the media scrutiny he's been under.
"You guys are fine. You didn't do anything wrong. It's your right. Just like it's my right to have the Second Amendment," he said.
Brooks' mention of the Second Amendment was presumably a reference to his having a gun in his car with him when police pulled him over after allegedly threatening Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. The gun wasn't registered to Brooks.
Days later, Brooks was sent to the hospital for a mental evaluation after a separate incident at a relative's house during which he was reported to be wielding a sword.
Despite the odd incidents, Brooks told FOX5 he does not have mental issues.
"It's a physical medical problem. There's never been a problem with my sanity," he said.
Brooks earlier this week agreed to take a leave from the Assembly to deal with any issues he had. He later changed his mind, insisting he is ready to serve.
"I'm here for the constituents of District 17. I'm here for you guys. I'm not going to accept a penny from any constituent or taxpayer if I'm not working. So I'm at work," Brooks said.
Brooks wouldn't answer any questions and quickly slipped back into his office.
Assembly members on Thursday will form a special committee to evaluate Brooks' ability to serve. The committee will be led by Majority Leader William Horne, who told FOX5 that Republicans will submit names for three spots on the seven-member committee.
Horne said that in about two weeks, the committee will make a recommendation ranging from no action to expulsion to the full Assembly.
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