Reid's campaign is doing everything to batter image of Sharron AngleSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Mon, 08/16/2010 - 07:17
By Amy Gardner
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Few places are as aptly named as a divey little bar in southwest Las Vegas called The Hammer.
That's where the campaign brain trust of Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D) unwinds over beer and nachos after long days spent trying to discredit his Republican opponent, former state assemblywoman Sharron Angle.
All summer long, Reid's small army of young, eager staffers has bombarded Nevada voters with unflattering, sometimes distorted allegations about Angle. They have scoured old newspapers, government transcripts and video archives for anything she has said or done that might be turned against her. In television and radio ads, Reid's aides have tried to create and then exploit perceptions that Angle is a dangerous reactionary.
It has not been especially difficult work. Angle, a "tea party" favorite, has said many controversial things in her years as a politician. A conservative who is deeply skeptical of government, she called for a phaseout of Social Security and proposed eliminating the departments of Education and Energy. Most recently, Reid claims to have uncovered information that links Angle to an obscure political movement called Christian Reconstructionism, which holds that government should rule according to biblical law.
"What this material shows is who Sharron Angle really is and what makes her tick," Reid spokesman Jon Summers said.