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Sharron Angle: It's the state's job to bring in jobs

In an exchange with a constituent, Sharron Angle appeared to suggest that bringing in jobs and diversifying the economy in Nevada is the responsibility of state government -- a line that the Reid campaign will likely seize on to depict her as having no solutions on the economy.

In the exchange, Angle was asked by a local actress what she would do to get more film and television into the state. Angle replied that it was up to the state to incentivize such activity, but then segued into a broader response:

"You know it really comes from the state, not the Feds, that incentivize that kind of stuff in our state. And truly, the lieutenant governor, Brian Krolicki, you should have this conversation with him specifically. Because that's his job, is to make sure that we get business into our state. That's his job, is to diversify this economy. My job is to create the climate so that everybody wants to come."

The exchange was captured by Post reporter Amy Gardner, who was granted access to the Angle campaign in Nevada for a bigger article. She recorded the exchange:

Asked for clarification, Angle spokesperson Jerry Stacy emailed:

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, in his role as chairman of the Nevada Commission on Economic Development, works tirelessly to improve and diversify Nevada's economy and encourage business to our state, and as Senator, Sharron Angle will work closely with Lt. Governor Krolicki and his economic development task force to make sure that Washington isn't stepping on the progress of the private sector, unlike Senator Reid.

The Reid campaign is likely to pounce on this quote and link it to Angle's previous suggestions that job creation isn't in a U.S. Senator's job description. Angle and national Republicans have been making a powerful case against Reid by relentlessly citing the 14% unemployment rate in Nevada, which is the highest in the nation, and Angle is up with a new ad hammering this theme:

With unemployment emerging as the central issue in this race, the Reid campaign is hoping to use statements such as the above to undercut the primary rationale Angle is offering for her candidacy: She would solve the unemployment problem that Reid and Dems have bungled so badly.

By Greg Sargent  |  July 23, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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Woman comes in for a job interview.

Interviewer: How will you do the job we're interviewing you for?

Interviewee: I don't know anything about the job and I'm not very interested in talking about it. But I am a conservative. Very conservative.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 23, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

That Angle ad is really good! I think she'll lose but it will be due mostly to lack of money.

Posted by: sbj3 | July 23, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

so many rightwing republican kinsley gaffes:

buck on manhood and high heels.

wamp on secession if people don't 'vote right' in 2010 and 2012.

rand paul on pretty much everything.

angle on pretty much everything.

this stems from living such sheltered lives in the rightwing republican echo chamber. they really believe most 'real americans' share their views on privatizing social security, repealing the 17th amendment and using 'second amendment remedies' if votes don't go their way.

they're literally shocked to learn their views are so extremely unpopular.

we just need to let them talk as much as possible. they'll say what they really think and believe.

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | July 23, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Funny! Angle has attempted to beat up Reid for Nevada taking over the lead for highest unemployment, but doesn't seem to think it's the Senator's job to help create employment.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 23, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Greg, here's a link to the RS piece discussing the end of comprehensive energy legislation. I don't know if you've seen it yet but I thought it was interesting. I'm probably out till Monday, so I'm off topic.

Have a great weekend all!!!!!

Posted by: lmsinca | July 23, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

sbj, she is going to lose due to lack of money AND institutional support. McConnell said yesterday that he will not go to NV to campaign for Angle. Her compatriot, John Ensign, can't help her either financially or stumping. Even Mama Grizzly Palin is noticably absent. There have been a few Republican mayors in NV that have come out in support of Reid, notably the mayor of Reno.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 23, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

@sue: "sbj, she is going to lose due to lack of money AND institutional support."

Yes. It's a pity, too, because Reid really does need to be on his way.

Posted by: sbj3 | July 23, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

i'd also mention the underlying reason it seems she'll probably lose is that not enough people share her extremist views and, the more they come out, the worse off she is. that this dynamic might be more influential than negative views of reid is interesting.

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | July 23, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

This is Mr Sargent grasping at straws.

Funny Greg, but here in Ohio, our illustrious Lt Govenor and senate Candidate Lee Fischer is also charged with the responsibility of growing the state's job rolls.

There is a huge difference between bringing in jobs, and creating them but I have learned to expect you not to bother with actual, you know, facts.

But I'll try anyway: Governments don't create jobs but they do compete with each other to attract employers. Nevada is a special case because so much of its economy is based on a single industry. They get hurt badly when their feeder areas are also hurting.

I lived there briefly during one such down turn. When the economy in so cal sours, Vegas pays the price.

Lee Fisher has failed miserably in his role as jobs czar. Not only has he not brought any thing to us, but several significant employers have walked away. No doubt he was shocked when NCR, born and raised in Dayton, left Ohio for Georgia. I know Strickland was.

So let's try for some accuracy here shall we? Instead of being so quick to "pounce" and in so doing deal your credibility yet another blow, why not seek to understand your political opponents?

Posted by: skipsailing28 | July 23, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

@blah: Of interest==>

"Forty-seven percent think that the Tea Party is too extreme, with 43 percent saying that movement is generally mainstream. But that perception hasn't hurt the GOP: Fifty-six percent of Americans consider the Republican party's views to be mainstream."

Posted by: sbj3 | July 23, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

blahg, I'd bet that a good part of why she is lacking in institional support (where is DeMint??) is due to her extremist views.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 23, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse


ya, but with paul and angle, we see the concrete results of how this plays out on the ground, even in nevada and kentucky.


ya, definitely. when you're too extreme for demint, that is saying something.

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | July 23, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

skip and other Angle defenders: She was twice voted worst member of the NV Assembly.

Do you know how bad at your job you have to be to get this?

You're arguing about the subtleties of job-creation at the state and federal level, and that's fine, but your CANDIDATE doesn't know what she's doing.

Let's cut to the chase. She seems stupid, or uninformed, or uninterested. And if not, why can't she talk to reporters?

The reason most of us want Reid to win the election is not that we think he's so dreamy, but that Angle is a DISASTER.

Thinking grown-ups, please.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 23, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

@blah: Doesn't Paul still lead in most polls?

Posted by: sbj3 | July 23, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

sbj, from Benen today:

In Kentucky, a Braun Research poll shows Rand Paul (R) with a narrow lead over Jack Conway (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 41% to 38%.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 23, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

@BG: "The reason most of us want Reid to win the election is not that we think he's so dreamy, but that Angle is a DISASTER."

I'm almost ashamed to admit I'd rather an idiot win (Angle) than leave the other idiot (Reid) in office. "Change" is good, right?

Six of one, a half dozen of the other.

Posted by: sbj3 | July 23, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

he might, i don't know. i was referring to his angle like strategy of talking publicly as little as possible and not doing interviews with media that are not sufficiently friendly.

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | July 23, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

sbj, sorry, but I don't consider Reid an idiot. I just think he's a weak majority leader, especially in these times. We need someone who will better lead the party's interests in the Senate.

Angle offers no silver linings, unless it's to get people to wake up and stop voting for people who don't have any idea what's going on. Failing upwards is getting pretty ridiculous.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 23, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Echoing BG, I'm not a fan of Harry Reid. I do give him credit for accomplishing getting the HCR through the Senate, though. He did what no other Dem Majority Leader was ever able to accomplish, and for that, kudos. If he retains his seat, I'd prefer he step down from his post, but I don't expect that he will.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 23, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse


"I think she'll lose but it will be due mostly to lack of money."

Haha. That's what you think is the reason she'll lose?

Not because she wants to get rid of Social Security and Medicare? Not because she doesn't believe it's a Senator's job to try and bring jobs to the state? Not because she thinks the reason people are unemployed is because they want to just live off unemployment insurance? Not because she hints at things like armed rebellion if she loses? Not because she supports using Yucca Mountain as a nuclear dump site in Nevada? Not because she can't handle taking questions at her own press conference? Not because she is against abortion, even in cases of rape and incest? Not because she believes the Department of Education should be eliminated? Not because she believes the Department of Environmental Protection should be eliminated? Not because she touted being supported by Citizens United on her website when it comes to campaign finance?

Nope! It's just because she is a little short scratch. That's totally the reason she won't take this race in a walk. LOL!

"Reid really does need to be on his way."

I don't even totally disagree with this...but not at the expense of having an unthinking extremist like Sharron Angle in the Senate.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 23, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

OT, but kinda related (more extremists!) and truly humorous:

"Ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo is throwing down the gauntlet. According to The Denver Post, Tancredo has demanded that the Republican Party's two scandal-stained candidates, Scott McInnis and Dan Maes, drop out after the August 10 primary, so that the party can appoint another nominee. If not, Tancredo says, he'll run as a third party candidate, "and I won't get out."

"There's nothing left to split. The reality is that with the two candidates we have, we will lose the general election," Tancredo told the Post.

McInnis' campaign has been rocked by allegations of plagiarism stemming from a series of articles on water policy he was paid $300,000 to write in 2005 and 2006. Meanwhile, Maes, who is running in part on his business acumen, agreed to pay thousands to settle campaign finance violations, and has been embarrassed by tax returns showing him struggling to stay above the poverty line -- not exactly a great track record for a supposed titan of capitalism.

McInnis and Maes have both previously said that they're staying in the race, and reiterated that commitment to the Post following Tancredo's call.

In the wake of the McInnis scandal, Tancredo's name was floated by GOP members as a possible replacement. In a poll conducted after the plagiarism revelation, Colorado Republicans named Tancredo their choice for "strongest Republican gubernatorial candidate."

If McInnis and Maes don't drop out, Tancredo said he would run as the American Constitution candidate.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 23, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

@BG: "Angle offers no silver linings."

Well, sure she does! It will help to stop more liberal policies from being enacted, it'll get Harry "negro dialect" Reid out of office, and she'll be good for a laugh.

Posted by: sbj3 | July 23, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Reminds me of something I read yesterday about Fiorina. According to her, "career politicians" are a veddy, veddy bad thing.

I guess she and others of her ilk think they can waltz right in there and change the world. Sounds good to anyone who actually doesn't pay the slightest bit of attention to how gov't works and just wants to "throw the bums out". Carly, meet Sarah.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | July 23, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

@BBQ: "Haha. That's what you think is the reason she'll lose? [money?]"

Yes, that's why I think she'll lose. If she had enough money to blast that ad 24/7 Reid would be toast - regardless of her whacky views.

"Harry Reid says he does more for Nevada."

"He's done more for unemployment. We were at 4.4 percent. Now we're at 14 percent."

"He's done more for the foreclosure rate. We have the highest foreclosure rate in the nation."

"He's done more for bankruptcy. We have the highest bankruptcy rate in the nation."

"Harry Reid has done more and it's time for us to say 'stop doing it', we can't stand any more."

That's some good shiite.

Posted by: sbj3 | July 23, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Interviewer to Angle: "Would you have done anything to save those 22,000 jobs at the City Center Project?"

Angle: "No, I would not."

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 23, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

sue, shorter Angle: "I won't do anything constructive, but I'm very, very conservative."

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 23, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse


"It will help to stop more liberal policies from being enacted..."

At least you're slowing coming around to dropping your bogus "I'm a Libertarian" facade, and are embracing your pure "I'm against anything liberals support regardless of the actual policy because I'm in the Anti-Dem Party" instincts.

Honesty really is the best policy.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 23, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

@BBQ: Well obviously as a Libertarian I am more closely aligned with the GOP. Do I have to qualify and say I am opposed only to liberal policies that are not libertarian? C'mon...

Posted by: sbj3 | July 23, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Greg, can you link that Tancredo announcement/demand in the roundup?

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 23, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse


"...shorter Angle: 'I won't do anything constructive, but I'm very, very conservative.'"

No, no, no.

It's: "I won't do anything constructive, BECAUSE I'm very, very conservative."


Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 23, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse


Whatever you have to tell yourself to pretend like you actually have a set of personal beliefs that are anything beyond just being against anything Democrats say they are for.

And I'm saying this as an Independent who's pissed off at the GOP for becoming so extreme that I have no choice but to stand with Dems on EVERYTHING, even when I don't fully agree...because the alternative is the utterly disgusting version of the GOP we're stuck with right now in this country.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 23, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Reid took advantage of this long ago. He's been running ads night and day showing Angle saying this in different venues. They're good ads. Meanwhile, he has other ads showing renewable energy jobs he's brought to the state.

Have you seen Angle's scary Reid ad? It's pretty funny.

Posted by: Justwondering14 | July 23, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

@bbq: So, someone with no personal beliefs (bbq) is calling me someone with no personal beliefs.

Posted by: sbj3 | July 23, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

All, Happy Hour Roundup posted:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 23, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

So it's not scary at all that the State should be a magnet to Business while administering Unemployment Insurance. Gee now besides tax abatements unavailable to the current residents, what might a business like to have cheap ... oh that's it, labor ... Quiet, docile, non-union labor ... BWAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: gannon_dick | July 23, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse


I have clearly stated my personal views and beliefs within the margins of this blog, on many other blogs, and will continue to do so.

You, however, haven't. I could do a whole long thing about it...maybe point out my amusement in your inability to take personal responsibility for your own views, with examples (there are many).

But it wouldn't make a difference, would it? Probably not.

You'll continue trolling. I'll continue not respecting you. And the world will continue to spin, just as assuredly as global warming is the result of humans.


Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 23, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his comrades, including Reid, are destroying our jobs, our economy and our country and "radically transforming our country" from a prosperous, free country, into a failed, enslaved country like Cuba or Venezuela.

We are safer with the mafia than we are with Obama, Reid and Pelosi. We need to vote them all out! We'll vote for Sharron Angle!

Posted by: AntonioSosa | July 25, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

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