KOLO 8 News Now has spoken to a person in the campaign who says Sharron Angle will not run for CD2.
Published reports say that Angle believes the Special Election is making a mockery of the election process.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Four Republican candidates for Nevada's
2nd Congressional District House seat are scheduled to debate next
month in Reno.
The event is being sponsored by the Nevada Republican Assembly,
a conservative GOP organization that is not affiliated with the
state or county party.
A spokesman says tea party-backed Sharron Angle, state GOP
chairman Mark Amodei, state Sen. Greg Brower and retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk Lippold have been invited to attend the 90-minute event.
The debate is scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 15 at the Boys and
Girls Club in Reno.
The central committee of the state Republican Party is planning
to meet three days later to pick the party's nominee for the Sept.
13 special election ballot.
How candidates are chosen is pending an appeal before the Nevada
This is text from the Angle Campaign regarding today's announcement:
Sharron Angle was the first candidate to announce her intentions to run for Nevada’s Second Congressional District, a district she narrowly lost in 2006 and carried by eight points in her Senate bid against Harry Reid. While others have speculated on what Angle may decide, Angle has been relatively silent since the resignation of Senator John Ensign and the appointment of Dean Heller to the Senate forcing the special election. Today she made the following announcement:
“Current outcomes concerning the special election have made this election in Nevada an illegitimate process that disenfranchises the electorate. Clearly, no solution that the Supreme Court can make will correct the injury to free and open elections caused by ambiguous laws and subsequent lawsuits.
“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. Voter participation has been preempted in either case by disallowing primary elections, or in allowing a select group of people to make a decision who otherwise would not be allowed to vote in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District. The longer this drags out the more it will become a contest of bank accounts and negative campaigning based on personal attacks instead of the important issues that face Nevada and our country.”
“Although I do not intend to participate as a candidate in the special election, I am not ruling out a future run for office. Meanwhile, I will remain busy working as an advocate for the voters of Nevada and this great nation. I thank all my supporters for their dedication and encouragement. I will be making additional announcements soon detailing my plans.”
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