Las Vegas, Nevada 8:43 p.m. – Sharron Angle wants to be the next U.S. senator from Nevada, but it sure is hard to hear her speak. Her campaign told CNN she would be holding one public event this week – a speech at a health care conference Tuesday – then cancelled the night before the event. Todd Lefkowitz, an organizer with the group, says, "We were disappointed but understand something obviously more important came up in her schedule." They replaced Angle with an anesthesiologist.
Candidates cancel all the time, but Angle's no-show status is noteworthy because the candidate keeps such a low profile on the trail. Press shy Angle has unabashedly rejected the tradition of submitting to a public vetting by the press corps – or rather, the non-partisan press. She regularly grants interviews to Fox News and conservative radio. When she spoke at a reception with conservative radio host Heidi Harris last weekend, it was supposed to be open to the press, but when local television stations showed up they were told they couldn't cover it. Two print reporters managed to get in.
A reporter with the Las Vegas Sun quotes the candidate saying at the event, "We always say, 'If the press comes knocking, don't say anything.'" Angle raised eyebrows earlier this year when she told a reporter the press should "ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."
As for the health care event, the campaign tells CNN Angle cancelled after her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decided not to attend either – they were scheduled to speak at different times. However, according to the organization, Reid cancelled last Wednesday and is holding many other public events throughout the week.
Angle's low profile certainly doesn't seem to be undermining her support. Her campaign just reported raising $14 million in the third quarter. And she does make public appearances. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, she appeared at a rally in the state capital, Carson City, on Monday where she addressed a crowd of supporters with a two-minute speech.
That kind of brevity could serve her well later this week. Thursday she faces off with Harry Reid in the only debate of the race. The campaign has said she will be there, and the press is welcome.