Sharron Angle Continues To Avoid Answering Questions

I can’t believe that this strategy is going to work for much longer:

U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle invited local media to attend a press event in Reno Wednesday morning, but when members of the media tried to ask the candidate questions she didn’t answer.

At the event this morning Angle signed a pledge to repeal the estate tax-or “death tax”- if she’s elected, made a few brief statements and walked away with several members of the local media in tow.

News 4 Reporter Karen Griffin was one of the reporters trying to ask Angle questions and she actually ignored the questions, looked straight ahead and kept walking.

News 4 arrived at this morning’s event early to make sure we could talk with Angle. News 4 listened to the press conference and when it ended, Angle simply walked away.

One of the questions was a request for a response to Rep. Dean Heller’s, R-Nev., comment that he made the night before on a political talk show about her comments about the unemployed.

Following this morning’s event, Reporter Karen Griffin contacted University of Nevada, Reno Political Science Professor Eric Herzik to see if there’s any benefit for a candidate avoiding the media as Sharron Angle has. Here’s what he had to say:

“This is part of the skill of the candidate. If you’re given a question you don’t like, answer the question you want to answer. Turn the question around. And she’s not doing that. Turning her back and walking away from a camera is a pretty damning visual image for a candidate.”

To be fair News 4 emailed Angle’s campaign following the press event to see if she would answer the question we asked, and to see where she had to be after the event. News 4 has not heard from the Angle campaign.

News 4 received some negative feedback on this story; people asking why we were late to this event, and why we didn’t ask our questions during the press event, and why this is a news story.

There were no opportunities for questions during the event, that’s why we asked for Angle to answer questions as soon as the event ended.

At some point, Angle is going to have to answer media questions, one would think. This doesn’t strike me as a smart strategy


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  1. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Doug, did you hear the one about how bailing out GM and Chrysler saved Ford according to Harry Reid? What makes you want Reid to win in Nevada? What sort of idiot are you? I guess you are just too young and inexperienced to understand what the left is up to. Unless you are part of the effort. You have converted this site to an offshoot of the Daily Kos. Congratulation.

  2. Michael says:

    Methinks Doug supports the skunk Reid. That true Doug?

  3. I would like to see Reid defeated.

    Unfortunately I think the Nevada GOP, having the choice of three candidates, picked the one most likely to lose the election.

  4. anjin-san says:

    Doug why don’t you just tell us who you support in this election? Don’t “pull an Angle” on us…

  5. I would have preferred to see the NV GOP nominate Lowden or Tarkanian. They would’ve creamed Reid.

    I’d like to see Reid defeated.. I am not necessarily as enthused about the idea of Angle winning

  6. wr says:

    Sue “Chickens for Checkups” Lowden. She would have lost so badly they’d have to give Reid Idaho and Montana, too.