Nevada residents have learned that September 13th will be the date of the special election that will replace Republican Rep. Dean Heller. Heller, a congressman representing the second district, will be moving up to senate to replace resigning Senator John Ensign.
Tea Party superstar Sharron Angle, still recovering from her failed attempt to unseat Sen. Harry Reid in 2010, is gunning hard for the nomination, complaining that she’s battling the “left wing” of her own party.
Via The Hill:
In a fundraising pitch to supporters, Angle suggested she intends to wage a special election campaign no matter what.
“Instead of more than a year to prepare, I must now raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in just weeks,” Angle wrote Friday. “I must do this so we can set the agenda, not our opponents.”
“Instead of an open process — already they are behind closed doors, choosing one of their own to be the preferred candidate in the race,” Angle said of Nevada’s GOP establishment. “This is exactly why I am running and why I need your help — to put an end to special interest politics!”
Angle was concerned that the party leadership will simply choose their own candidate, likely not Angle, rather than hold an open primary where she may have a shot at becoming the nominee. However, the Secretary of State has announced that the election will instead be a “free for all,” with any candidate who files a petition allowed onto the ballot, and a waiving of the usual $300 filing fee.
Candidates need to file by June 8th to make it onto the ballot.