Washington (CNN) – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu weighed in on the contentious race for Senate in Nevada on Wednesday, criticizing Republican candidate Sharron Angle for saying in 2005 that she would have voted against funding for Katrina relief efforts because the money was not well accounted for.
"I think that government needs to live within its means," Angle said in a 2005 radio interview. "I would like to go join my voice with Mike Pence and others who, when $62 billion came out to be spent on Katrina relief, he said, 'wait a minute, I'm voting no and the reason is because I want to know where it's going, what it's going to be spent on, and who's going to be spending it.' So I'd like to join my voice there."
The comments were reported Sunday by Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun, and have led to a response from Landrieu, who said Angle "is simply too extreme and dangerous to serve in the United States Senate."
"When I heard Sharron Angle's comments about how she would have opposed helping victims of Hurricane Katrina, I honestly wondered aloud how anyone like this could actually be serious about wanting to serve in the United States Senate," Landrieu said.
Landrieu, a Democrat, comes from a powerful political family that includes sitting Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu.
In the end, every United States senator voted in favor of the $51.8 billion emergency spending bill, while 11 members of the House voted against the measure. Rep. Mike Pence, the Indiana Republican that Angle referred to in the radio interview, ended up voting in favor of the legislation.
The Angle camp, in a statement to CNN, said the issue is one of accountability.
"As always, Sharron would want to know where the tax dollars are going and who is spending it before voting in favor of any spending bill," Angle spokesman Jarrod Agen said in an email.
At the time of her statement, Angle was pursuing a seat in the House of Representatives.
Angle is locked in a tight battle with incumbent Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.
- CNN's Jessica Yellin contributed to this report