Angle on Black Jerseys: Voters Don't Care

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RENO, NV - Senate candidate Sharron Angle's religious views have reentered the public debate fueled by, of all things, an 18-year old small town controversy over football jerseys.

The candidate's appearance today before the Washoe Republican Women's Club hit all her talking points--the need to pay down the debt, cut taxes and spending, return more responsibility to states and communities, her revised explanation of what she would do with Social Security and, of course, tying Senator Reid to the state's economic woes.

But in a quick meeting with members of the press afterward, a new subject surfaced, one that once again brought Angle's religious views into the political debate.

It concerned a brief controversy in Tonopah in 1992 and the high school football coach's proposal to fire his team up to avenge a previous loss the year before by having his team drop the school's red and white jerseys in favor of black.

According to former Tonopah newspaper editor Bill Roberts, Angle, then running for her first public office on the Nye County school board, argued "black as a color was thoroughly evil, invoking the supernatural and especially the devil."

That's not the way Angle says she remembers it.

"I will just tell you that Bill Roberts and I have completely different recollections," Angle said. "That was 20 years ago and it really doesn't matter because Nevadans care about their homes, their jobs and the economy."

Angle added her relgious views are the basis of her value system. "Many people embrace my value system because they know I'm not going to lie."

Roberts' column in the Pahrump Valley Times was picked up by the Los Angeles Times and is now making the rounds on the internet.

A spokeswoman for her campaign said afterward Angle has no recollection of the controversy or any position she may have taken.

Angle's faith has surfaced earlier in the campaign after she likened her race to a religious calling and suggested government programs were violating the Ten Commandments encouraging idolatry.

In other remarks, Angle repeated her view of the New York Mosque controversy saying while the constitution guarantees the rights of private property "with those rights comes responsibility. Sometimes we give up our rights for the sensibilities of others."