October 21st, 2010
02:07 PM ET
8 years ago

Angle continues air attack on Reid's wealth

(CNN) - Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle continued to assail her opponent, Sen. Harry Reid, on Thursday, releasing her third ad in four days that targets Reid's personal finances.

"The truth is, Reid is now worth up to six million dollars, and lives in a one million dollar Washington Ritz Carlton condo," a narrator says in the ad.

Angle has sought to make Reid's wealth a major campaign issue, hammering the Senate majority leader for living in a Washington D.C. Ritz-Carlton condo while his state has the highest foreclosure rate in the country. She first raised the issue during the candidate's contentious debate last week, asking Reid, "we would like to know, how did you become so wealthy on a government payroll?"

Reid called the accusation a "low-blow," retorting, "I was a very successful lawyer. I did a very good job of investing."

But Angle isn't the only one pushing the message. The National Republican Senatorial Committee also launched an ad this week honing in on the same point: "Harry lives at the Ritz-Carlton while thousands are losing their homes."

The Reid campaign hit back, however, calling the ad "particularly egregious."

"This ad is nothing more than a sleazy diversion by a candidate who knows her extreme and dangerous agenda on the issues is far too radical to be accepted by the majority of Nevadans. This latest smear fabricated by Sharron Angle's say-or-do-anything campaign has no basis in fact, and its slanderous insinuations represent a new low - even for her," said Kelly Steele, communication director for the Reid campaign.

"The truth is, Sen. Reid made his money in the private sector, and has responsibly managed those assets during his career serving Nevadans in the US Senate," Steele said.

Several recent polls show the race between the longtime Senator and former assemblywoman in a dead heat.

Updated 3:04 p.m.

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Independent

    And Reid's wealth effects us how? Does Angle have anything of substance to run on? She's pathetic.

    October 21, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Indie Woman in Denver

    Truth is apparently not a concern foe our Ms Angle. Doesn't matter that Reid was already rich before he went to Washington. Doesn't matter that he's not the richest member of congress. It only matters that she wants to spread fear & hate, or whatever it takes to win. Sharon Angle is an idiot - do we really want more idiots like her in Washington, mixed in with the folks who actually get things done for us?

    October 21, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Sandy

    To bad Angle can't spend her ad money telling people WHAT she intends to do instead of bashing Reid. I am sick to death of the commercials. She is a blank slate except for all the whacky comments she has made in the past. I don't see how folks would have enough information on her, or her platform based on the commercials and sound bites.

    October 21, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    Angle needs to GET OFF her low horse and realize that SHE most likely lives in a home worth more than $200,000!!!!!!!!!! The home I live in is less than that and I love it – very good neighborhood – good schools – quiet cul de sac – and I could care less what Angle's home is worth or Reid’s – I am sure they both earned it just like I earned mine!!!!!

    Also, I don't see Angle having a problem with all of the OTHER RepubliCAN'Ts running that are literally spending MILLIONS of their own money for their own campaign!!! I don't even see other candidates having a PROBLEM with the millions, for instance, Meg Whitman is spending on her campaign!!! And the VOTERS are ONLY worried about as to where the money is coming from within these SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS – BIG CORPs and Foreign entities!!!

    I am glad she is running these ads because I know NO ONE CARES and it will hurt her in the long run!!!! The RIGHT is strong on this and I will remind Reid what it's all about – JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!

    October 21, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Kyle

    I don't understand why republicans and tea-baggers are hitting Reid for this – aren't they the party FOR the wealthy, not against them?

    October 21, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. masgap

    Nevada: Are you kidding? Voting for that nut case Angle?

    October 21, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Yeah well how many other GOP members in Washington live in million dollar houses or even $500,000 dollars homes, Rooney lives in several million dollar houses and remember McCain has 13 homes all ranging in the millions of dollars......so because many are homeless Reid should live in cheap housing areas, I don't think Angle lives in a cheap home......and these Republicans and Tea Party canidates are wanting to keep the Bush Tax cuts for the Rich so what's the BEEF.......

    October 21, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. vic nashville tn

    Sharron Angle love to stick with her lies

    October 21, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. sjohnatl

    Real interesting how we heard who Seiu was/is ie: they are Union and that they are spending lots of money not just in Nevada but other key states.But we heard nary a word on the groups that are supporting the GOP candidates...who they represent or how much money they have spent in the Nevada race or what other races they are spending on and how much they have spent. If the reporter is supporting one person or party in a race ....then that same reporter should have too declare that in the beginning...it would at least add a little credibility...JUST A LITTLE...we have too much of reporters opinions in stories these days.

    October 21, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Agnes

    Quite a few current Republican candidates fit this description too, and yet they aren't being vilified. Hypocrisy runs rampant once again on the right.

    October 21, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Jaywing

    The new Terror in our midst, brought to you through the lies and mis-representations of the how and why the Consitiution was crafted and refined by the Amendment process, by the likes of Angle, Palin, Paul, Odonnell and and the rest of the Tea-Bagger crowd, is the Terror of Ignorance and Stupidity. Thanks GOP!! You couldn't stop with just being obstructionist – now you've thrown your lot in with these extremist, ignorant nutjobs.

    October 21, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. HtownCowboy

    And Sharon Angle and her husband live off Medicade and Social Security, two programs she wants to cut. I'd like to see an ad about their situation. The fact that the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is run by and receives funding from rich (Republicans), has decided to fund this stupid ad smacks of hyprocacy of the highest order. Although I don't live in Nevada, it will be a sad day for all Americans if that state's first "Asian" Legislator is elected to the U.S. Senate.

    October 21, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Darb Pa

    Wow... a politician doing and saying anything to win an election... What else is new?

    October 21, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. S. in California Laughing In Anticipation Of How Well Democrats Do At The Polls

    Well, let me get this straight. IF anyone lives in a bigger house, drives a better car and has more money in the bank than I do, I should not vote for them if they run for office? Can anyone say S T U P I D? If Mr. Reid WORKED for his money and used it wisely why shouldn't he spend it? After all, republicans have labeled democrats as lazy, dope smoking, Oprah watching, welfare recipients. It still amazes me how you throw the name "Oprah" out there (but we know why don't we)? She WORKED her way up (unlike) you crack heads and is respected ALL over the world. Something you bone-nosed natives will NEVER experience. Sharon Angle is a lunatic (a primitive who belongs on an island). She is also being used to create chaos for the president. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. People are waking up and they don't like what they see.

    October 21, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Amy

    I thought it was Republicans who don't want people to be demonized for being wealthy. They're the ones who fight against cutting tax breaks for wealthiest one percent, tax cuts for big business, fight against the estate tax, (again, only applies to wealthiest 1 or 2 percent of people). They're the ones who push this idea that unless we all sit back and let them become filthy rich at our expense then we are killing capitalism/America. I guess all Democrats should be paupers to fairly represent the people and Republicans can be wealthy because they represent the wealthy elite. Interesting.

    October 21, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Dave

    I live in Washington, DC in a million dollar house. Trust me, $1mm doesn't go very far here. Even though he's on a gov't salary, isn't the salary for his job pretty good? He's got to be making over $150k, right? I think her accusation is off base.

    October 21, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. gary

    Reid lives in a one bedroom apartment that he bought in 2001 for approximately one million dollars. Mitch McConnell, the senate republican leader lives in a five million dollar home. Should we ask McConnell the same questions about his wealth that we are asking Reid?

    I would like to see discussion on the issues and not about how much money they have. Evidently Reid invested his money more wisely then Angle. I would consider voting Reid out of office if someone of substance was running against him, but Angle, with her views, is not this person. This seems to be a case of voting for the lesser of two evils.

    October 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. gtsmoker

    Representing lobbyist is hard when you need to track who is paying the most for each bill.

    October 21, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Dave

    Considering the fact that it's the GOP and tea-tards like Angle who do everything in their power to ensure that the rich get richer and the poor "stay in their place," it's rather amusing to see her attack someone's wealth. If the people of Nevada elect this drooling idiot, they get what they deserve.

    October 21, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Dean

    Harry Reid was a successful attorney???? When????? He has been on the city/state/government payroll since 1964.
    Checking his job history there was about a 3 year period from 1966 to 1969 that he wasn't on a government payroll. Must have chased a lot of ambulances during those 3 years to make all that money.

    October 21, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Anita

    As long as the Republicans are taking sides against the well-to-do ~ why don't they target their own John McCain. He couldn't even remember HOW MANY homes he owned while on the presidential campaign. What's fair is fair ~ or not!

    October 21, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Willardbullock

    Angle are great keep her job than reid

    October 21, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Julia- Idaho Native American

    This one is nothing but another republican racist. To me she is pure evil, her plan is to get rid of social security and medicare, back to the days when old people had to make choices between medicine and food.

    October 21, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. blackburndh@aol.com

    Is Sharon Angle upset because a Democrat, who happened to be an Attorney, has money. Are Republicans the only ones that are allowed to be wealthy and run for office. She is one stupid woman.

    October 21, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Hugo

    Bulls eye, now you're hitting at the true nature of what has corrupted our political system and has degenerated into a special interest bonanza while the tax payer continues to fund these bastards. Charlie Rangle, Harry Reid, and many more on both sides of the aisle, multi-millionaires for doing absolutely nothing and we still pay them and provide them all pension benefits and healthcare, while the common working man gets social security and medicare, not even enough to pay rent.

    October 21, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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