Republican candidate Sharron Angle privately took aim at the GOP establishment and expressed doubt over her ability to win Nevada’s Senate race last week in a closed-door meeting, Jon Ralston at the Las Vegas Sun reports.
During a discussion with the other conservative Senate candidate Jon Scott Ashjian — who will appear on the Nevada’s ballot with the affiliation “Tea Party” next to his name — and Tea Party of Nevada Chairman Sid James, Angle criticized the integrity of Republicans and establishment efforts to direct the trajectory of her campaign.
“The Republicans have lost their standards, they’ve lost their principles,” charged Angle in a thirty-eight minute audio recording obtained by the Sun. “Really that’s why the machine in the Republican Party is fighting against me… They have never really gone along with lower taxes and less government.”
The GOP hopeful went on to address the tense relationship that has evolved between herself and the Republican establishment.
“The one thing you said about the machinery that has endorsed me, they have no choice,” she told Ashjian of her campaign against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Angle suggested she reluctantly accepted the support because she understands “third parties can’t get traction,” but it has nonetheless been problematic for her political operation.
“You gotta get my armor off and let me pick up this sling,” she said drawing a comparison between her fight and that of David and Goliath. “That’s exactly where I am right now, is trying to get them to leave me alone for long enough so I can get my sling and go after this guy. There are just these issues.”
Angle asserted that Republicans on Capitol Hill don’t want her “back there.” She explained, “They know I’ll shake this mess up” and added that “there was no one more shocked than they were when I won that primary. When I went back to Washington, DC, they were still moaning and groaning and weeping and gnashing teeth over [defeated primary candidate] Sue Lowden…I said I am what ya got, this is it.” Continue reading…
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- Political Wisdom: The Sharron Angle Tape (blogs.wsj.com)
- Sharron Angle Caught on Tape Blasting GOP Leaders (blogs.abcnews.com)