The Hot Seat


The resignation of scandal-plagued Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), and the expected appointment of current Republican candidate Rep. Dean Heller to the seat, could portend a political mess of a wholly different sort: A special election for Heller’s House seat — and the conundrum for Republicans posed by the potential candidacy of their losing U.S. Senate nominee from 2010, Sharron Angle.

Angle, who lost the 2010 Senate race despite the national Republican wave — due to controversy over extreme statements about “Second Amendment remedies” to Democratic policies, and her statements in favor of phasing out Social Security and Medicare — has already been running for the House seat, along with retired Navy Commander Kirk Lippold, who was chief officer of the U.S.S. Cole when it was attacked by al Qaeda in 2000. In addition, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and state GOP chair Mark Amodei are reportedly considering the race.

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The problem: Under the rules for special elections in Nevada, the parties would select the nominees rather than primary voters doing the job — and the same party leaders who watched Angle blow the very winnable 2010 Senate race, would be much more likely to pick someone else.

As Roll Call reports:

If the parties are ultimately allowed to choose their nominees, a high-ranking Nevada GOP source said there is “no way” Angle would be tapped to be the party’s standard-bearer. But Amodei would likely have the upper hand in that scenario.

In addition, The Hill reports:

That process would likely leave Angle on the outs given that she’s not exactly a favorite of party insiders. Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki (R) also wants the seat and Nevada Republicans view him as a much more electable choice. State GOP Chairman Mark Amodei would also be in the mix.

According to one GOP insider in Nevada, “That’s not even a contest. They won’t pick Angle.”

However, the Las Vegas Sun reports that the state’s special election laws aren’t so straightforward, and the race could potentially see additional candidates:

Some lawyers argue the law allows multiple major party candidates to file for the election, instead of putting the nominating decision to the parties’ central committees. In that case, several Republicans and several Democrats could vie for the seat on the same ballot.


Interestingly, Angle actually carried the most Republican district in the state, in the 2010 Senate race. However, her latest campaign is already off to a rough and controversial start, such as when she said that the Veterans of Foreign Wars PAC “betrayed America” when it endorsed Reid. Dealing with Angle’s baggage is probably not a job the Nevada GOP wants.

So what happens if she gets snubbed by the party? Could she launch an independent bid? Would her base stay home, rather than support the establishment candidate? And even if another GOP nominee did win, would Angle continue out on the trail in a primary challenge?


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26 responses to “The Hot Seat

  1. John Erickson

    Have any of you seen the movie “A Mighty Wind”? Do these three look like some kind of rejects form a 60s folk trio reunion, or have I just taken WAY too much medication today? πŸ˜€
    Oh, and Italy has decided to aid the NATO air campaign against Khadaffy’s regime. Shall we start a pool to see how soon the Italians surrender to somebody? πŸ˜‰ (KIDDING! I’m kidding!)

    • i’ve seen part of a mighty wind, but i don’t think i ever saw the whole thing. best in show was my favorite. they could pass for a bad folk group–peter, paul, and scary?

  2. Can’t wait to see how this carnival all plays out.

  3. Eww Sharron looks so dirty!

  4. Ron Paul

    Remember when the GOP stood for balanced budgets, individual freedom and isolationism.

    The Republican Party has run up these deficits, we want the federal government to be in our bedrooms and between our women and their doctors, we started two wars instead of ending them like the Korean War and were supposed to stop the Vietnam War the Democrats started. We have lost our way!

    So why waste our time with these fools who use their racist rhetoric, like this Marilyn Davenport and Donald Trump with his birther unproven myth, why keep Ensign, the liar, why do we allow our Fox news people to keep talking down our country. Don’t they know we can win the next election with optimism and hope instead of the current rhetoric, that the sky is falling, if we are not careful we will end up like chicken little where no one will listen to us.

  5. The Elephant Show!!! Do you know how many episodes of this I’ve seen? I’m having flashbacks. πŸ™‚

    Sharron hates you in the morning and in the afternoon:

  6. Didn’t know there was an Elephant Show. I’ve heard of the Donkey Show but have never seen it, although one of the guys on the old crew used to impress young ladies he met by telling them he used to be a donkey fluffer in Tijuana. Now that would give Sharon meaningful work.

  7. Just like bad dreams, some people just won’t go away.

  8. Nevada’s GOP problem is a microcosm of America’s GOP problem. Obama will be re-elected despite his many flaws. The candidates popular within the Republican Party are unpopular with the general public. People who are popular with the general public don’t do well in primaries.

  9. Al

    Hey Nonnie’,

    Hopefully, my fellow Republicans in Nevada will have enough sense to leave Angle out, and not allow a circus like atmosphere to take shape…somewhere in heaven Abraham Lincoln must be rolling his eyes at what’s become of his party. Good grief, Charlie Brown.

    Have a great week, Nonnie’.

    • al, if only more republicans were republicans like you instead of rethuglicans, it would be a much better party, and this would be a much better country.