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Ensign’s Out — Could Angle Be Coming Back?

Ensign’s Out — Could Angle Be Coming Back?

An embattled a weak Republican senator has decided he’d rather go out a winner than fight through what would be a nasty reelection campaign.

Via The Los Angeles Times:

Nevada Sen. John Ensign, facing an ethics investigation stemming from an affair with a campaign aide, said Monday he would not seek reelection because he wanted to spare his family from an “exceptionally ugly” campaign.

“At this point in my life, I have to put my family first,” Ensign told reporters at a news conference in Las Vegas.

Just two months into the 112th Congress, Ensign is the eighth Senate incumbent to opt out of running for a new term, out of 33 seats up in 2012.

Republican Representative Dean Heller is considered the party favorite for the nomination, but it won’t come easy.  Former Senate candidate and Tea Party lightning rod Sharron Angle is considering a possible go at it as well, according to Huffington Post.

The man expected to be the odds-on favorite to take Ensign’s place in the Senate is their current 2nd District Representative, Republican Dean Heller. He’s been sending strong signals that he’s interested in the seat, and voters have been sending him back all the right messages: in late January, polls had Heller ahead of Ensign in a hypothetical primary matchup by 15 points. And that’s where Angle comes in — Heller’s departure from the House would create an opportunity for the woman who failed to defeat Harry Reid to join him in Washington.

And if Heller opts out of running for Senate? Well, that could bring back chicken-barterer Sue Lowden, who lost out to Angle in the 2010 GOP primary. Back in January, Lowden told Chris Matthews: “If John Ensign doesn’t run, and Congressman Dean Heller decides not to throw his hat in the ring, I would think about it seriously.” Of course, if Lowden runs, that will present a pretty tempting target for Angle, as well. Angle’s already demonstrated the ability to raise staggering amounts of money. By contrast, Lowden is having trouble retiring her 2010 campaign debt.

A return of Sharron Angle, Sue Lowden, or even both?  Suddenly, I can’t wait for the 2012 campaign season to start!

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4:57PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Say it aint so. She wants to turn the US into a biblical theocracy and she's made many more disdurbing comments. We might have to let that sicko from Tuscon out of jail for a minute or two. Angle crosses the line. She's insane and she still gets votes. This woman is dangerous. I would rather die than be religous (brainwashed).

10:44PM PST on Mar 9, 2011


4:22PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Not the queen of the hateful airheads! It's a little known fact that she was actually born with two brains--unfortunately the other died of loneliness!

10:36AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Please, we don't need any more bad news.

10:34AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

To Sylvia B. Bet you get a few stars for your comment. Right on. Wish I had thought of that first.

7:53AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Sylvia B & Dan B ROCK!!

7:23AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Pablo V.,

What makes you think there will be any jobs left in the U.S. to work?

7:20AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

There is nothing illegal about trading in your jobs to keep your bibles and guns.

6:59AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

The very idea that ANYONE could actually believe that Sharron Angle is qualified for any political office is a testament to the hypnotic trance the Republicants manage to keep their dedicated followers in. Repugs have even convinced their less wealthy followers to vote for the policies that are dedicated to making the rich richer, and to vote for the policies that will hurt their families. They were born to vote Republican and they will die voting Republican as our country sinks into the sunset.

Ya gotta hand it to the Repugs!! They are masters of mind control!

6:10AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Sylvia B. if I had the ability to send you a green star for that diss, I so would, that was hilarious!

Pablo V., do your research and find out what the Tea Party REALLY is, have you been living under a rock or something? Everyone who's everyone knows that the Tea Party was either founded or taken over by the Koch bros. Boy you are certainly in the minority is all I got to say, and I don't mean race either, I mean in political view. Hey, if you want to bend over and take it up your collective ass when these goons knock at your door, that's your perrogative. Me? I'll fight!

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