Republican Sharron Angle has a new ad in the Nevada Senate race, continuing her running theme of accusing Democrat Harry Reid of getting rich through corrupt means as a Senator. As Jon Ralston has previously pointed out, the charge is false — Reid was already wealthy from being a self-made lawyer and real estate investor before he ever went to Washington. But that’s not stopping Angle’s latest wave of ads.
“How did Harry Reid get so wealthy on a public servant’s income?” the announcer says accusingly. A small clip of Reid is shown from last week’s debate: “I did a very good job investing.” Angle began lobbing the charge at the debate, when she falsely stated that he had gone to Washington with “very little.”
The announcer cuts in: “Really? Like the shady deal where Reid made an astronomical million bucks doing nothing? The truth is, Reid is now worth up to $6 million, and lives in a $1 million Washington Ritz Carlton condo.”
Right-wing populism is a funny thing, to attack someone for being rich — and to propose not redistributing their wealth.
The TPM Poll Average gives Angle a lead of 48.5%-47.4%.