[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/06/art.sub.com.jpg caption ="Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle is fighting the takeover of her pre-primary website address by the Nevada Democratic Party."]
(CNN) - A political fistfight over a website claiming to spotlight "the real Sharron Angle" is heating up the campaigns of Nevada's Republican Senate nominee and that of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The Angle campaign released a statement Monday night saying that they sent a "cease and desist" letter to Reid's campaign last Friday, which they say forced the Reid camp to take down a website that falsely represented itself as Angle's campaign website.
After winning the June 8 primary in Nevada, the Republican challenger to Reid took down her pre-primary website and relaunched a new glitzier and slimmer version. Angle's new version offered a trimmed down version of where the candidate stands on the issues, including no longer including her position on the nuclear waste dump facility at Yucca mountain and her calls to dismantle the U.S. Department of Education.
Her original website was re-launched by the Reid campaign as http://www.therealsharronangle.com. That web address now directs users to http://www.sharronsundergroundbunker.com, which indicates it is paid for by the Nevada Democratic Party.
Angle spokesman Jerry Stacy says that Reid's campaign responded immediately by removing the site.
"Make no mistake, the Reid campaign was forced to take this site down because they were breaking several laws and trying to deceive the voters. You're going to see a lot of dirty tricks like that from Reid's campaign," says Stacy. "This is a clear case of a desperate man doing desperate things to win."
The Reid campaign says they did not move the address of the website because of Angle's cease and desist letter, and in a statement, they say that "Sharron Angle is trying to silence, well, Sharron Angle."
"Sharron has long believed in killing Social Security, eliminating the Departments of Education and Energy and shipping nuclear waste to Nevada," adds spokesman Jon Summers. "We've always heard that Sharron Angle is an unapologetic conservative. It has to be embarrassing for her to have her handlers trying to hide who she really is."
Polls indicate that Reid, who's bidding for a fifth term in the Senate, faces a very difficult road to re-election, thanks in part to the anti-incumbent feeling in the nation and the tough economy, which is hitting Nevada especially hard. Nevada leads the nation with the highest statewide unemployment rate.
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