Angle vs. Reid redux

Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate against U.S. Sen. Harry Reid in 2010, has not given up pressing some of her losing issues from that campaign.

In a recent online essay headlined “Does Harry Reid's fortune come from illegal activity[?],” she recalls that in a 2010 campaign debate she asked Reid, “You came from Searchlight to the Senate with very little. Now you're one of the richest men in the U.S. Senate. And on behalf of Nevada taxpayers, we'd like to know, how did you become so wealthy on a government payroll?”

As noted in our Newsview blog at the time (, Reid was wealthy as an attorney before he went to D.C.

Angle revived this matter in order to try to link Reid to Harvey Whittemore, recently convicted for making illegal campaign contributions to Reid. But she offered no actual information to make her case. Like the 2010 debate and the title to her essay, she uses questions filled with emotionally loaded terms to suggest things she does not otherwise substantiate:

“Was the $150,000 a payback? … Does “the fix” go deeper? … Who else owes Reid? Would candidate campaign reports containing the name “Whittemore” be revealing?”

Paradoxically, she also asks a question that attacks Reid for asking questions: “Does Reid pass the smell test or just raise more questions?”