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Angle Releases Reid Viagra Ad Amid Sharia Controversy

October 8, 2010

In the last few weeks, Sharron Angle has come under fire for comments about Muslims and Sharia law in America. She‘s also seen one of Nevada’s top GOP members endorse her opponent, incumbent Democrat Harry Reid, in the Nevada Senate race. But she’s not letting that derail her campaign, and instead of playing defense, she’s going on the offensive with a new ad — one accusing Reid of providing Viagra to sexual predators.

Last week, Angle told a crowd of supporters in Mesquite, NV that the country needs to address a “militant terrorist situation” that has allowed Islamic religious law to take hold in some American cities.

In response to a question asking whether or not Muslims are taking over America, Angle responded that “we’re talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe … isn’t a widespread thing, but it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it.” She continued: “My thoughts are these, first of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas are on American soil, and under constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don’t know how that happened in the United States.”

“It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States,” she said.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based advocacy group, called Angle’s statements “bizarre,” and said that it’s “pretty clear that she has something against Islam and Muslims but she is so incoherent you don’t know what she stands for.”

Dearborn Mayor Jack O‘Reilly called Angle’s comments “shameful.” He said tea party groups inaccurately spread the word that his Detroit suburb was ruled by Islamic law after members of an anti-Islam group were arrested at an Arab cultural festival in June because a Christian volunteer complained of harassment.

“I’m pretty sure that she did make it clear that there had been incidents in the news, but there is nothing widespread, and that we have freedom of religion in this country,” said spokesman Jarrod Agen in an e-mail.

Angle’s opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, used her comments to paint Angle as an extremist and out of touch with mainstream America.

“The fact that Sharron Angle believes American cities have been taken over by militant terrorist organizations that are ruling our citizens under Sharia law shows a terrifying lack of connection with reality and a willingness to subscribe to conspiracy theories that demonstrates she’s far too extreme and dangerous to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate,” spokeswoman Kelly Steele said.

But that sentiment isn’t limited to Democrats. Yesterday, veteran state Sen. Bill Raggio, one of Nevada’s most influential Republicans over the last four decades, said he’s reluctantly endorsing Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s re-election campaign.

Raggio issued a statement Thursday sharply criticizing Angle, branding her as a “totally ineffective” four-term state lawmaker. He also cited what he says is Angle’s inability and unwillingness to work with others even within her own party, and her extreme positions on Social Security and other issues.

Raggio defeated Angle two years ago in a bitter GOP primary.

That news also follows a raucous debate with Reid two weeks ago, at which crowd unrest degenerated into fist fighting.

But all the controversy has not put Angle on the defensive. Instead, she has continued to attack Reid. On Thursday, she released an attack ad accusing Harry Reid of funding Viagra for sexual predators:

Politico explains the legislation mentioned in the ad:

The vote Angle cited was an amendment offered to the major health care bill by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) in hopes of killing it. While the amendment sought to prevent the sale of Viagra to sexual predators using health care funds, there was no portion of the bill authorizing funds to provide the drug to sex offenders to begin with.

Democrats voted to table the amendment in order to continue consideration of the full measure.

Reid’s camp responded to the ad. His spokeswoman, Kelly Steele, said the ad is an example of Angle’s “‘pathological’ pattern of lying to the voters of Nevada in pursuit of her extreme and dangerous political agenda.”

“This ad is entirely bereft of facts, as documented by numerous independent fact-checkers and media outlets,” Steele added.

Rasmussen currently has Angle leading Reid by four points, while Real Clear Politics has Angle leading Reid by an average of 0.3 percentage points.

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