October 21st, 2010
02:07 PM ET
12 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. 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, she needs to remember what it was like for the elderly before the days of medicare,

    October 21, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. azmary

    I thought Republicans were in support of people who made and enjoyed money. After all, those un-taxed, wealthy persons are the ones who provide jobs for Americans. Right? I guess they only approve of rich Republicans.

    October 21, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. LouAz

    Where does Sharia Angle live, under a rock ? I thought all Republicans were already millionares. Remember – Reagan Trickle Down Economics = Golden Showers.

    October 21, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. hankers

    You cannot tout the American dream and at the same time belittle someone for acheiving it. One is better off listening to a successful person than a weirdo like Angle.

    October 21, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. DIANA

    Why doesn't Angle show us the "hood" where she lives. She's just angry because she's not smart enough to make a living on her own.

    She knows she blew it with the Latino vote that she got somebody running an ad telling the Latinos not to vote this year.

    I can't believe Nevadan's would vote for this woman.

    October 21, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Eric in Manhattan

    What else do you expect from the knuckle-dragging cave dwellers who are upset that Senator Reid lives above ground? The tea baggers are a disgrace to Nevada and the nation. It's one thing to offer legitimate opposition, quite another to support an agenda that will drag down this great nation. Shame on Angle and her handlers!

    October 21, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. jeff, alabama

    Hey liberals, spit the kool aid
    Take a shot of vodka and man up.
    His job doesn't pay enough to make
    millions on investments. Join the
    real world and quit being mental
    babies. For Pete's sake !!!

    October 21, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. usualone

    So what if he is wealthy. He didn't go around saying outragious things. If people vote him out because of his wealth, shame on them. If they have issues with him, then that is another situation. She insults her constituency with only being concerned about superficial issues - such as their skin color, whether they are Asian or Black, etc. To think she was a teacher - oh my - those poor students. I doubt if they have a chance to become wealthy unless their other teachers disowned her.

    October 21, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Jackalope

    What! A Republican teabagger waging class war?

    October 21, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Tony Z

    Sharon Angle- please talk about the issues. Like many in the Tea Party you get confused when asked the questions really facing Americans. Than again we might look Asian.

    October 21, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. John

    Sharron Angle if you are running ads like do for both party,I know for a fact that REPUBLICAN lives in places that cost a lot more money and they make a lot more than Reid does. So your ads SHARRON ANGLE is making the REPUBLICAN look just as bad as you are trying to make Reid. Angle you are just a big Idiot that no BUSINESS being in the U.S.Senate because we need people with some brain,we all ready have enough dumb ass up there now. You are UNQUALIFIED.

    October 21, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. andy

    I I swear if they elect this crazy women I will never ever step my foot in Nevada...

    October 21, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    Harry Reid got rich, the old fashioned way...capitalism. Which is why it is so hard to understand why he and the liberals are trying to destroy it! Well, it AIN'T not that hard!

    October 21, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Jon

    Hey, wait a second – aren't the Democrats the one who are supposed to be playing the "class warfare" card? Little bit socialist for a libertarian there, don't you think? Maybe she's – how'd Nixon put it? – a little pink around the edges?

    October 21, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. clwyd

    It seems like that attack wouldn't work in California with Meg Whitman. So she is worth billions and that should really disqualifiy her from ever taking or holding office.

    October 21, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Dale

    Anyone who votes for dirty "liar" has got to be brain dead.
    The man has lied right to their faces and don't care a hoot about Nevada "obviosly" only governments

    October 21, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Dave

    So Sharon, you are republican and against wealthy people? That should play very well as a republican senator. Your constituents will eat you alive.

    October 21, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. a in austin

    Why not ask how McConnell, Kyl, Corker, etc. made their millions....and then there is Palin! From rags to riches off the American people.

    October 21, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Steve

    Since when is being rich a crime in America?

    October 21, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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