Sharron Angle blasts 'ballot royale,' drops out of congressional race
May 25th, 2011
08:42 PM ET
11 years ago

Sharron Angle blasts 'ballot royale,' drops out of congressional race

(CNN) – Sharron Angle was the self-proclaimed “first candidate” to jump into the race for Nevada’s 2nd district House seat, and now she’s the first one to drop out.

Following then-Congressman Dean Heller’s appointment to the Senate to fill Sen. John Ensign’s vacated seat, Angle indicated that she would run for the House seat in a special election in early March.

The former assemblywoman quit her second run for the House before it began due to dissatisfaction with the special election process.

“Current outcomes concerning the special election have made this election in Nevada an illegitimate process that disenfranchises the electorate,” she said, in a statement.

“I do not have any desire to participate in a process described by others as a ‘ballot royale’ or a situation where the party central committees choose their nominees because it makes a mockery of the most important constitutional element in exercising freedom,” she said.

Angle is railing against a decision by the state parties to select their own nominees for the special election instead of holding a primary contest. The Nevada Supreme Court will hear arguments by the state as it battles a lower court ruling in favor of allowing the state party selection process, which does not include a primary.

She previously sought the 2nd District House seat in 2006, and followed that unsuccessful bid with a run for the U.S. Senate seat in 2010, largely backed by the Tea Party. Angle lost her attempt to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid by a narrow margin.

And she would not abandon plans for a future run.

“Although I do not intend to participate as a candidate in the special election, I am not ruling out a future run for office,” she said.

Ensign resigned in the midst of a Senate ethics investigation that probed his affair with a female aide who was the wife of another top aide. The parents of the married senator gave money to the aide’s family.

The special election is set for September 13. The filing deadline for candidates is June 30.

CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

Filed under: Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. OneMoreTime

    Just go make a "movie".

    May 25, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. jc

    Angle is only interested in being a perpetual canidate, so she can live off of campaign donations as her full time job. The worst thing that could happen to her is actually being elected, then she would actually have to back up her partisan vitriol and deal with legislating. She's nothing but a carnival barker, at best.

    May 25, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. floridianhatescott

    Angle...PLEASE.....stay in the race! It'll help the other party if you do. Here...have a fig newton on me.

    May 25, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Welcome to the Conservative Inquisition Sharron Angle. You have already been branded a loser.

    May 25, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. e01938

    just go away Sharon....just go away.

    May 25, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. regertz

    GOP leadership quietly cutting TP throats now that the extremists have become too much of a liability, eh?

    May 25, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    Loony tunes is at it again! Great picture. I think ape just looking at it except apes are supposed to look like that!

    May 25, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Rules? I'll just take my ball and run home to mommy.

    What? No second amendment remedies here?

    May 25, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. Indy

    Sharon Angle has been palling around with Palin too long and got that nasty disease called Quitteritch. Once a quitter always a quitter. Maybe she has an enormus enough ego to make a movie about herself like Sarah ?

    May 25, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess we are seeing an outcome of the Tea Party's success last year, which is the state parties in Nevada making sure the candidates actually reflect the party. I'm not sure if this is a healthy development; as much as I loathe Angle, this does have the effect of putting the party bosses in control, and keeping out any potential insurgent movements in the future. Watch the GOP have a civil war in Nevada at the county level: I'm not convinced the Democrats are at that point yet.

    May 25, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. thomas

    “Although I do not intend to participate as a candidate in the special election, I am not ruling out a future run for office,” she said.

    I'm not a doctor ,
    however I'm glad to hear with the right meds and therapy , she is making the right choice for all of humanity !

    May 25, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    Angle – GIVE UP!

    May 25, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  13. Brian Dodge

    Wow, one upping Sarah Palin – quitting BEFORE she's elected, instead of quitting halfway through a term.
    Although as a liberal Democrat, I would like to see more Tea Party candidates for the Republicans – but it sounds like the back room powers in the GOTP have figured out that they are unelectable, not "Undefeatable", and are throwing Angle under the bus.

    May 25, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. Larry L

    Another hateful Tea Party shrew bites the dust...

    May 25, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Angle is a nut case and should not serve in the House or Senate. We have seen too much of her along with Palin and Bachmann.

    May 25, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. Roscoe

    This should be enough for those not sure that the tea baggers are POS's. Turn the page on this racist nonsense.

    May 25, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. Ken

    Angle quits? Why the surprise??? She modeled herself after Sarah!!!

    May 25, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Anne ODell

    Good...glad she dropped out...we already have too many stupid people in congress!

    May 25, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  19. John

    Nevada better hope they never let Sharron Angle Win anything this Tea Party back person Is a big nut case. beside that we need to get the Republican and TEA PARTY lose seat In 2012.

    May 25, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  20. Joel

    Well, for once I agree with Angle. This process is a circus and a joke. It is just a way for the 'good ole boys' to select the candidate they want. Voters don't get a say. There should be a primary and a general!! I am sick and tire of
    the corrupt politics in Nevada!!

    May 25, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Boo hoo hoo. She has no one to blame but herself; she's a loon and her party doesn't like her. Cry me a river, whiner!

    May 26, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  22. Howard

    Sharon Angle will not be on TV with her non stop trash talk. There is a GOD!!!

    May 26, 2011 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  23. Bill

    Chicken Lady is an embarrassment to her country, her party, and to her state. Her omission from the ballot is a good thing.

    May 26, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  24. Marry

    Sharron Angle is a very simplistic and intellectually limited woman with questionable morals and character. That makes her a very bad choice under any circumstances for any post were she would be ask to serve the public. Let’s hope we do not hear the nonsense she spread ever again.

    May 26, 2011 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  25. Dave

    Poor Sharron... She just can't get used to the fact that no one wants her. Like Sarah Palin, she just plays the victim and is totally unable to take any responsibility for her own behavior. Pathetic.

    May 26, 2011 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
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