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Nevada GOP Leader Bill Raggio Endorses Harry Reid, Rips Sharron Angle

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A powerful state Republican has thrown his support behind Democrat Harry Reid in the race for Senate in Nevada, while also leveling some harsh words at GOP candidate Sharron Angle.

State Senate Minority Leader Bill Raggio released a statement Thursday endorsing Reid and describing Angle as an "ineffective" four-term assemblywoman with an "inability or unwillingness" to work with others.

Raggio said Reid was the only candidate who asked for his endorsement.

Angle, a Tea Party favorite this year, tried and failed to oust Raggio in a rough-and-tumble GOP primary in 2008. In his statement, the state senator from Reno made it clear he hasn't forgotten the bad blood between them two years ago.

"After losing to me in a primary, during which she ran a very negative campaign and distorted my record, referred to me as a liar and a RINO, I never heard one word from her, or a concession, or an offer of support," Raggio said. "Instead, she lent aid and comfort to an effort to recall me as State Senator."

Angle has not commented on Raggio's endorsement of her opponent.

Reid pointed out that it was the first time Raggio has endorsed a Democrat in a major race.

"I am honored to have the support of Senator Bill Raggio, a man I deeply respect not only for his commitment to public service, but his love for this state," Reid said in a statement.

"Senator Raggio's strength as a leader stems from his fierce advocacy for northern Nevada and his willingness to get things done regardless of which party occupies the governor's mansion or controls the state legislature."

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A bit slow on the calculator aren't they?

October 23 2010 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It just shows that Senator Raggio is part of the establishment and afraid of no longer being in power. Time for him to retire

October 09 2010 at 1:17 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

When Raggio says "unable or unwilling to work with others," he is really saying Angle won't play the establishment game. GET THEM ALL OUT, AS FAST AS POSSIBLE, SO THEY DO NOT HAVE TIME TO CORRUPT THE NEW FACES. LET'S GET PEOPLE WHO WILL WORK FOR THE CITIZENS, NOT THEMSELVES AND THE PARTY.

October 08 2010 at 6:14 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Moderate/conservative voters have awakened to the fact that we must change the faces in the US and State Legislatures before we can effect real change in government. The Republican establishment is just as afraid as Dem est., and I would not put it past the career politicians in the Republican Party to be behind this attack on Angle. They, as well as the Dems, are seeing their cozy little brotherhood being threatened, and these entrenched TAKERS are going to do battle to preserve the sweet deal they have given themselves. Wise up, voters. Time for real change. If the newbies don't do the job, there is another election right around the corner.

October 08 2010 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ettu's comment

Such incredible political naivete..

October 10 2010 at 1:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I wish John Boehner had done 1/100th for Ohio what Reid has done for Nevada. Harry Reid is a good man that has done a very fine job. Right wing distortions, lies and misinformation goes a long way with someone who wants to believe it. The nation would be in a lot better shape if some of the moderate republicans would speak out and against the extremists that are ruining it for everyone.

October 08 2010 at 1:15 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

People are starting to wake up. We know it's stupid to vote for some of these wacko Tea Baggers. Even the GOP understands this. We have to consider the people we vote for on their honesty and their ideas. Not on their rants and mud slinging. People like Angle are lunitics trying to get elected on the anger of the middle class. The middle class realizes that the Baggers and the Republicans are in the pocket of big business. If you want to start spending at the company store, then elect these cretons.

October 08 2010 at 8:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Can we all say RINO!!! Sounds like one loser endorsing another. Sounds like another trick that Reid pulled out of his hat of tricks to try to win. Reid is part of the problem that Nevada is having. No one in their right frame of mind would vote for Reid again. Raggio sounds and looks like a bitter man that is trying to get even with Sharron Angle. And that is no reason to endorse a man that is bad for Nevada. Reid send alot of people to the unemployment line now it would be time for Reid to get his place in line too and see what the people of Nevada have been suffering with under his watch.

October 08 2010 at 7:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to snow7tiger4u's comment

You are so wrong about Reid. He is sane in a world of turmoil. Respect the fact that these are difficult times in your state. Reid needs the help of both Democrats and Republicans to pass the bill for more border patrols and education in your state. Stop blaming this man ...........there's more to this story than you think.

October 09 2010 at 12:59 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

In my 39 years of voting, I have voted for many Republicans and Democrates. However, in the last 10 years I have seen the trend of Republicans voting for their party interests, and for the interest of the rich, over what is best for the majority of Americans. Finally, Bill Raggio renews my faith in Republicans... selecting what is best for America over party! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

October 08 2010 at 5:05 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

He is a turn coat RINO anyway and he will be unemployed shortly himself, so he can go to the casinos with Reid in January.

October 07 2010 at 11:45 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

Time for right turn coat to be bouced out of the party. What happened to that Senator from PA who was also a turn coat? Umm he will sitting home in PA in Jan. 2011.

October 07 2010 at 11:44 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply


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