October 12th, 2010
09:25 PM ET
12 years ago

Where's the Candidate? No-Show in Nevada


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.

Filed under: 2010 • Nevada • Sharron Angle • Trail Running
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. J.V.Hodgson

    I am not surprised she did not turn up because every time she opens her mouth she puts her big foot even further into her even biggger mouth!!

    October 13, 2010 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  2. Steve

    Did Yellin actually refer to CNN as the "the non-partisan press"?

    October 13, 2010 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  3. barry

    Angle is the leader in the polls now. It is not in her best interest to grant Liberal Media interviews. She has nothing to gain and everything to lose talking to the Liberal Media. Senator Angle has a great ring to it. Almost sounds as good as unemployed Harry Reid.

    October 13, 2010 01:52 am at 1:52 am |

    Harry Reid ducks out first, and CNN gripes because Angle decides not to appear? What a stupid report. CNN is biased liberal reporting.

    October 13, 2010 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  5. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    She did everyone a favor. We all know the Republicans don't care about healthcare and you're on your own. Good luck if you need to lose your house or file for bankruptcy if you can't afford a 200K surgery in cash.

    October 13, 2010 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  6. Not fooled

    Nevada how can you even be considering a Senator like her? I don't get it. Hopefully after the debate you will wake up. This is not a game. A vote on a critical peace of future legislation could depend on her one vote.

    October 13, 2010 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  7. Jack Kennedy

    so angle has finally figured out that there is not point in dealing with the gotcha media of obama/reid/pelosi ............ and the obama media is having a fit.................... good for sharon angle and good for America

    October 13, 2010 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  8. Anonymous

    "the non-partisan press"
    Are you kidding me? Do you really think many Americans believe you are non-partisan? This article shows your bias, and that is not wrong, we all have bias. But to try to pass yourself off as non-partisan is a joke and a lie.
    In the face of that, I hope Ms. Angle continues to shut you out and just hold town meetings with voters. Let's just hope the moderator at the debate on Thursday is not one of your "non-partisan" reporters.

    October 13, 2010 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  9. God is love

    how ironic I am running for a public office and running away from the public

    October 13, 2010 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  10. anagram_kid

    I checked her schedule and found the following conflict for that date: “Spend day hiding from press so voters don’t realize I have no realistic plans or ideas. Spend evening fantasizing about defeating Harry Reid and then work on figuring out who will take my place if I am actually elected. See if the anesthesiologist is available for that too.”

    October 13, 2010 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  11. Steve

    Like all you reporters vetted our illustrious President?

    October 13, 2010 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  12. Kathy

    "We always say, 'If the press comes knocking, don't say anything.'" – But she will grant inteviews with Fox...just what I thought all along, they are not the news but a GOP propoganda machine. Goebbels would be proud!

    October 13, 2010 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
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