Angle ad assails Reid on illegal immigration

Republican Sharron Angle’s new TV commercial against U.S. Sen. Harry Reid accuses him of helping illegal immigrants who are taking jobs from unemployed Nevadans, a hard-hitting spot that comes as the ad wars heat up and the stakes rise in the dead heat Senate race.

"Harry Reid, the best friend an illegal alien ever had," the narrator says in the 30-second spot.

The fresh TV strike came two days after Reid released a harsh ad criticizing Angle for voting against a bill to allow police to enforce out-of-state restraining orders in domestic violence cases.

"Sharron Angle sided with the abusers and not the abused," a cop says in the ad.

The stinging attacks are the latest in the multimillion dollar on-air battle between the Democratic incumbent and Angle just one month before early voting begins on Oct. 16 in Nevada. And they come as the Reid-Angle race takes on greater significance as a key test of the Tea Party movement.

Angle is scheduled to meet with Republican leaders today in Washington, D.C., to talk strategy and raise money as she and other Tea Party primary winners try to tamp down concerns that their conservative views could hurt the GOP’s effort to reclaim control of the Senate.

Angle’s visit to Capitol Hill follows Tea Party pick Christine O’Donnell’s win in the GOP primary in Delaware, which stunned the Republican establishment and all but assured that the Senate seat will remain Democratic come Nov. 2, according to political analysts.

As a result, Republicans would have to win just about every other highly competitive Senate race in the country — or at least 10 including Nevada — to oust the Democrats from power. That could happen only if the anti-big government Tea Party movement expands beyond the conservative GOP base and sweeps up independents in an anti-incumbent, anti-Democratic wave.

"Nevada is a must win for the Tea Party," Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report said Wednesday after moving the Delaware Senate seat from "lean Republican" to "lean Democrat." "If Angle loses, then that’s two Senate seats. If Tea Party candidates cost Republicans too many races in November, it’s fair to say that it will have a negative impact on their long-term viability."

Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, considers five Senate seats now held by Democrats as toss-ups: Nevada, California, Illinois, Wisconsin and Washington.

"There were 13 competitive races, and now there are 12," Sabato said. "They have to win 10 of 12, so the implication is they have to get people like Sharron Angle elected."

Nathan Gonzales of the Rothenberg Political Report said it is "tough to see" how the Republicans could win the majority without knocking off Reid. He believes Angle has some advantages not shared by some of the other Tea Party-backed challengers across the nation.

"She has run before, and she is running against Harry Reid," Gonzales said of Angle, who nearly won a congressional GOP primary in 2006. "That should bring in campaign money on its own."

The Tea Party Express, the fundraising machine behind the movement, put out a fresh appeal Wednesday for donations to back Angle and O’Donnell, calling them "two important races to focus on."

The Republican Party hierarchy also seemed to suddenly fall in line on Wednesday behind O’Donnell despite a high-profile campaign before Tuesday’s primary to back Rep. Mike Castle as the best bet to beat Democrat Chris Coons in the general election.

"Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee — and I personally as the committee’s chairman — strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware," NRSC Chairman John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a statement.

Cornyn said he offered O’Donnell his congratulations and support, while the NRSC is cutting her a $42,000 check, or the maximum allowed donation the NRSC says it has provided to all of its nominees.

Angle, since winning the June 8 primary in Nevada, has had no trouble raising money and has received strong backing from GOP leaders, despite initial wariness that the grass-roots campaigner wasn’t ready to take on the $25 million campaign of the powerful Senate majority leader.

Angle quickly raised more than $2 million in about six weeks or so after the primary, which matched Reid’s fundraising for that same quarter. Recently, Angle set a $1 million online fundraising goal for September, and she’s more than halfway there at about $620,000.

The Reid-Angle race remains a dead heat, according to a series of polls that show neither the 70-year-old incumbent nor his 61-year-old challenger taking a decisive lead. Reid, who is seeking a fourth Senate term, is vulnerable because of Nevada’s worst-in-the-nation economy, including a record high unemployment rate of 14.3 percent.

Angle has focused all her recent advertising on blaming Reid for the economic hard times as surveys show more people blame Democrats than Republicans for the continuing recession. Her newest ad also focuses on the economy and how an estimated 130,000 illegal immigrant workers in Nevada are taking jobs away from U.S. citizens.

"Illegals sneaking across our border, putting Americans’ safety and jobs at risk," the ad narrator says as images show people crossing the border.

The ad notes that Reid opposes Arizona’s tough new law that cracks down on illegal immigrants. It gives police the right to ask about someone’s legal status if stopped for another suspected offense, but it’s mostly on hold while the federal government sues to stop its enforcement.

The ad also accuses Reid of voting for "special tax breaks" for illegal immigrants and to give them Social Security benefits "even for the time they were here illegally." Most of the votes happened in 2006 as lawmakers debated a massive immigration reform bill, according to the Angle campaign.

Reid campaign spokesman Jon Summers countered that it was "patently false to say that Senator Reid voted to give immigrants here illegally Social Security benefits." Summers said Reid even introduced a measure declaring that such "immigrants should not receive Social Security benefits and that this prohibition should be strictly enforced."

The new Angle ad taps into growing voter anxiety about illegal workers hurting the economy. A recent poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows that 54 percent of Nevadans said they believe immigrants without legal status are taking jobs away from Nevada citizens, while 31 percent said such workers fill low-wage jobs most citizens wouldn’t take. Fifteen percent were undecided.

The poll of registered likely voters was taken Sept. 7-9 by Mason-Dixon.

Angle has been spending as much as $500,000 some weeks on advertising, and plans to run her latest illegal immigration commercial for at least a week statewide, according to her campaign.

Reid also has stepped up his ads targeting Angle, continuing the theme that she is too "extreme" for Nevada.

In the ad released Monday, the Reid campaign criticizes Angle for voting against a bill in 2001 that would have allowed police to enforce domestic violence restraining orders across state lines.

The bill passed 31-9 with Angle, then a Reno assemblywoman, joining her fellow Republicans in rejecting the measure. Assembly Republicans voted no over concerns that police would have to determine whether a restraining order from another state was valid or not, according to hearing records.

Duffy of the Cook Political Report said the domestic violence spot could hurt Angle with women voters, who polls show already support Reid in larger numbers than Angle.

In a separate TV spot, the Reid campaign on Friday released an ad criticizing Angle for suggesting Yucca Mountain be developed into a nuclear fuel reprocessing site.

Reid has for years blocked the federal government from shipping the nation’s nuclear waste to the Yucca site, about 100 miles from Las Vegas. But Angle and other Republicans argue that it’s time to look into developing the site and creating thousands of jobs.

Reid, who has plenty of money to spend, must keep the focus off an economy that doesn’t appear to be on the way to recovery any time soon.

His recent ad blaming the George W. Bush administration, Wall Street and high oil prices for the economic troubles didn’t seem to resonate with voters, although most experts also point the finger at the GOP.

"There’s no good argument on the economy, so why try," Cook said of Reid’s ad strategy.

Stephens Washington Bureau reporter Peter Urban contributed to this report. Contact Laura Myers at or 702-387-2919.

Clark County Schools announce random searches
Clark County School District middle and high school students will be subject to random searches for weapons under a new initiative to combat the wave of guns found on campus. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ron Jeremy and Heidi Fleiss React to Dennis Hof's Death
Ron Jeremy and Heidi Fleiss speak about their friend and prominent brothel owner Dennis Hof's death at Dennis Hof's Love Ranch. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof has died
Nevada brothel owner and Republican candidate for Nevada State Assembly District 36, Dennis Hof has died. He was 72. Nye County Sherriff's office confirmed. Hof owned Love Ranch brothel, located in Crystal, Nevada.
Las Vegas police investigate suspicious package at shopping center
Las Vegas police evacuated a southeast valley shopping center at Flamingo and Sandhill roads early Tuesday morning while they investigated reports of a suspicious package. (Max Michor/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Las Vegas Metro hosts the K-9 Trials
The Las Vegas Metro K-9 Trials returns to the Orleans Arena to benefit the Friends For Las Vegas Police K-9 group.
Kingman residents love their little town
Residents of Kingman, Ariz. talk about how they ended up living in the Route 66 town, and what they love about their quiet community. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Service at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Twelve unclaimed veterans are honored at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City in Oct. 9, 2018. (Briana Erickson/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas house prices reach highest level in 11 years
Las Vegas house prices are rising But so is the amount of available homes on the market Still, properties priced below $300,000 are selling fast And September was the first time since June 2007 that the median house price reached the $300,000 mark Las Vegas home prices have been rising at one of the fastest rates in the country over the past year Recent data show the market is now less affordable than the national average
National Night Out
About 100 Summerlin residents gathered at Park Centre Dr. in Summerlin on Tuesday for National Night Out. Lt. Joshua Bitsko with Las Vegas Metro, played with 3-year-old David who was dressed as a police officer. Face painting, fire truck tours and more kept kids busy as parents roamed behind them. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Rural homeless issue comes to a head in Pahrump
On Sept. 12, Pahrump sheriff deputies told residents of a homeless encampment on private property that they had 15 minutes to vacate and grab their belongings. That decision might face some legal consequences. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Remembrance blood drive on October 1
A blood drive was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on the one year anniversary of the Oct. 1 shooting. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Remembrance Lights memorial unveiled at St. Rose hospital
A dedication ceremony was held at St. Rose to unveil a memorial and to read the names of those who died on October 1, a year ago. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
1October Blood Drive Remembrance Wall
(Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
1October Blood Drive
Vitalent hosts a blood drive at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, the first anniversary of the Las Vegas shootings. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
1October sunrise remembrance ceremony in Las Vegas
Myanda Smith, sister of Las Vegas shooting victim Neysa Tonks, speaks at the sunrise remembrance ceremony at the Clark County Government Center in downtown Las Vegas, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. (Chitose Suzuki/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
‪Gov. Brian Sandoval speaks to crowd at Oct. 1 sunrise remembrance ceremony ‬
‪Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval speaks to the crowd at the Oct. 1 sunrise remembrance ceremony ‬at the Clark County Government Center in downtown Las Vegas, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Father of Route 91 Harvest festival shooting victim talks about college scholarship in his daughter's memory
Chris Davis, father of a Route 91 Harvest festival shooting victim, Neysa Tonks, talks about a college scholarship in his daughter's memory to assist the children of those who died in the shooting. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Oct. 1 survivor Malinda Baldridge talks about life after the shooting
Malinda Baldridge of Reno attended the Route 91 Harvest festival with her daughter, Breanna, 17, and was shot twice in the leg when the gunman fired on the crowd.
Route 91 survivor talks about lack of progress in gun legislation
Heather Gooze, a Route 91 survivor, talks about lack of progress in gun legislation since the Oct 1. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas/Review-Journal) @reviewjournal
Review held in death of man after encounter with Las Vegas police
The mother of Tashii Brown, who died after an encounter with Las Vegas police on the Strip, not satisfied after public review of evidence. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County Museum opening "How We Mourned: Selected Artifacts from the October 1 Memorials"
The Clark County Museum is opening an exhibit "How We Mourned: Selected Artifacts from the October 1 Memorials" of items left to honor the victims killed in the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Memorial service for former RJ lawyer Mark Hinueber
Mark Hinueber, the Review-Journal's former lawyer and defender of the First Amendment, died in Las Vegas on Aug. 23. Hinueber, who was 66, worked at the RJ and other newspapers for 42 years. On Saturday, his friends and family gathered for a memorial service.
Army veteran honored in Henderson event
Army Sgt. Adam Poppenhouse was honored by fellow veterans in an event hosted by a One Hero at a Time at the Henderson Events Center.
Michelle Obama and Keegan-Michael Key urge Nevadans to vote
Former first lady Michelle Obama and comedian Keegan-Michael Key urged Nevadans to vote at Chaparral High School in Las Vegas Sunday, Sep. 23, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Nevada Task Force One Cheers Golden Knights
Nevada Task Force One Cheers Golden Knights
1 dead, 1 wounded in North Las Vegas standoff
A woman was hospitalized with serious injuries on Thursday morning after being shot inside a North Las Vegas house. Police responded about 11 p.m. to a shooting at a home on the 5600 block of Tropic Breeze Street, near Ann Road and Bruce Street. The wounded woman, police believe, was shot by a man, who later barricaded himself inside the house. SWAT was called to assist, and when officers entered the house, they discovered the man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Las Vegas Teen Makes Clothing Resale His Side Hustle
Las Vegas resident Reanu Elises, 18, started buying and selling streetwear online when he was a high school junior. Like many other young adults, the world of online resale applications like Depop and Mercari have made selling clothing online for a profit easy. Now, Elises spends his free time at thrift shops looking for rare and vintage clothing he can list on his on his shop. Now in his freshman year at UNLV as a business marketing major, Elises hopes to open a shop of his own one day and start his own clothing brand. He estimates that he's made about $1000 from just thrifted finds in the past year, which he'll use to buy more thrift clothing and help pay for expenses in college. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal) @MadelynGReese
Fruition Vineyards Encourages Young Entrepreneurs to "Buy, Flip, Dream"
Once a month, young adults gather at Fruition Vineyards on South Maryland Parkway near UNLV to dig through a stack of rare, vintage and designer clothing that's marked down well below it's resale value. Shop founder Valerie Julian began the vent, dubbed "Fruition Vineyards" in August after running her streetwear shop since 2005. The event gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to "buy, flip, dream" according to Jean. Meaning that they're encouraged to buy the clothing for sale and find a way to resell it for a profit, then reinvest that into whatever dream they pursue: college, a hobby or their own resale business. Shoppers lined up starting an hour before noon on the last Saturday in April for the opportunity and spoke about what they hoped to do with their finds and profits. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @MadelynGReese
Local man goes under cover searching for answers to homelessness
Licensed mental health therapist Sheldon Jacobs spent 48 hours under cover posing as a homeless man in an attempt to gain perspective on the complex issue.
Social Work UNLV Lecturer's Calling
Ivet Aldaba-Valera was the first person in her family to graduate from both high school and college. The 33-year-old UNLV lecturer is now pursuing her Ph. D in public policy at the school and has used her degree in social work to engage with the young Latino and Latina community of Las Vegas. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @MadelynGReese
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like