Adwatch: Lowden Attacks Angle's Record

As the Republican Senate race tightens, Sue Lowden's latest TV ad takes aim at Sharron Angle's record. We put its charges to the truth test.

Here's a transcript of the ad:

"Don't read my lips, read my record."
Sharron Angle's record. As a state legislator Sharron Angle voted to raise her pay twice.
"Don't read my lips, read my record."
Sharron Angle pushed a bill favored by the Church of Scientology using tax dollars to give massages to prisoners.
"Don't read my lips, read my record."
Sharron Angle. When you read her record, you know she's wrong for Nevada.
I'm Sue Lowden and I approved this message.

OK, Let's rewind and take a closer look charge by charge.

"Don't read my lips, read my record.
Sharron Angle's record. As a state legislator Sharron Angle voted to raise her pay twice."

TRUE, BUT . . .

This is factually true. In 2001 Angle voted for AB606 which would have increased lawmakers' pay from $130 to $175 dollars a day. The bill passed 36 to 4 in the Assembly and died in the Senate. To be fair, any lawmaker would have had to run again and be elected to receive the raise, so it could be argued no one voting was directly raising their salary.

In 2005 Angle voted to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot clearing the way for lawmakers to be paid for all 120 days of a session. Currently the pay stops after 60 days.

MISLEADING

But on this point we'll have to say the ad's script is a misleading. The vote was not to raise anyone's salary. It was to put the question before the voters.

The vote in the Assembly was unanimous. In the Senate, the only no votes came from 5 Democrats.

In any case the voters rejected the change.

"Don't read my lips, read my record.
Sharron Angle pushed a bill favored by the Church of Scientology using tax dollars to give massages to prisoners."

INCOMPLETE

Putting Scientology, tax dollars and massages for prisoners in one sentence is inflammatory stuff and there's truth here, though it doesn't tell the whole story.

In 2004 Angle became interested in a program designed to fight recidivism among prison inmates and made two trips, one with a group of women legislators from all over the country, the second with prison director Jackie Crawford to a prison in Ensenada, Mexico to view the program in use there.

The Second Chance program, as it was called, included a detox regimen which involved prisoners going cold turkey off of drugs, supposedly sweating the toxins out in a sauna-like room and getting massages to ease cramps caused by withdrawal.

Essential elements of the program can be traced back to Scientology founder L.Ron Hubbard, but it has to be done correctly in order to properly work.

In any case, Angle's proposed trip for other lawmakers to see the program was rejected. And though Angle submitted a Bill Draft Request for a pilot program here, it was never introduced as a bill.

Angle, in case you were wondering is a Southern Baptist.

"Sharron Angle. When you read her record, you know she's wrong for Nevada."

And that, as always is your call.


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