CARSON CITY -- Former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, R-Reno, announced in a video message on her website Friday that she will not run for office this year.
Angle, 62, said instead she wants to produce a documentary film on how election fraud is rampant throughout the country. Her announcement and request for donations to produce the film can be found at sharronangle.com.
In a telephone interview, Angle said Friday that she also must attend to her elderly father's "health problems," but she expects to run for public office again. She was with her father Friday in Southern California. She requested that details of his health problems remain private.
In her video message, she said her work in exposing the "underground problem" of election fraud is more important then seeking office at this time.
In talks with people around the country over the past 18 months, she said everyone believes that "it doesn't matter who we nominate for president" or other offices because voter fraud is so prevalent.
While the "progressive media" do not believe voter fraud exists or is very rare, Angle said she has learned otherwise. She did not cite examples.
"Elections are being manipulated in every section of our country," she said in the video statement. "This is an American problem, not just a Republican problem, not just a Democrat problem."
On her website, Angle posts links to stories about how "the dead" were sent primary ballots in New Hampshire and voted in the 2008 election in Ohio.
Angle became the darling of the tea party two years ago when she won the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. She ended up losing to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Although she won four terms in the Legislature as an assemblywoman from Reno, Angle has lost her past three races -- to Reid in 2010, to Sen. Bill Raggio, R-Reno, in the state Senate primary in 2008, and to Dean Heller in the 2nd Congressional District primary in 2006.
Last year, she decided not to seek the 2nd Congressional District Republican nomination to replace Heller when he was appointed to the U.S. Senate. Mark Amodei was chosen by party delegates as their nominee, and he then trounced Democrat Kate Marshall in a special election. Amodei has filed for re-election.
After her loss by 428 votes to Heller in the 2006 Republican primary, Angle filed a lawsuit calling for a new election on the grounds that some poll voters showed up late or did not show up at all. A judge dismissed her lawsuit.
In October 2010, Angle supporters claimed irregularities in early voting in her race against Reid.
Clark County Elections Registrar Larry Lomax said an audit "reconciled" five irregularities pointed out by Republicans.
"But I'm not going to claim that at the end of the election I can account for every ballot," he added. "There will be unexplained votes on voting machines."
Early polls had shown Angle defeating Reid substantially, but the senator ended up beating her by nearly 6 percentage points.
After Angle's announcement about her film, Secretary of State Ross Miller said his multi-jurisdictional election intergrity task force has aggressively investigated and successfully prosecuted people for election fraud.
"However, we can't send out our investigators until we have information about what crime may have been committed, when it happened and who may have been involved," Miller said. "The unsupported fraud claims on Ms. Angle's campaign website don't give us enough information to even open up a case file."
Some observers thought Angle would run in this year's Republican congressional primary against Amodei or file against Sen. Greg Brower, R-Reno, in the state Senate District 15 primary race in Washoe County. The Senate Republican Caucus already has endorsed Brower's candidacy.
Angle had defeated Brower, then an assemblyman, in 2002 when both sought the same Assembly seat in Reno because of redistricting. Her victory was attributed to her willingness to spend countless hours walking door to door in the district.
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