Thursday, October 27, 2011

Rising conservative GOP star Sharron Angle to speak tonight at event honoring Ronald Reagan

By Verne Strickland / October 27, 2011

Constitutional conservative Sharron Angle of Nevada, who became a GOP icon after almost ousting Harry Reid from his U.S. Senate seat in 2010, is in Wilmington today at the invitation of the New Hanover County Republican Party.

She is slated to headline a sold-out banquet event tonight at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort at Wrightsville Beach.

The reception and dinner honor the late President Ronald Reagan, whose courage, rock-solid conservatism and patriotism won the hearts and minds of millions of Americans -- with the possible exception of Barack Obama, Michelle, Whoopi Goldberg, Stuart Smalley and Joy Behar.

Angle has shown herself to be a confident, capable candidate and force to be reckoned with. While she almost shorted out Senator Reid’s pacemaker, she came across in an early afternoon news conference as positive, thoughtful, focused and engaging. And conservative. I may have already mentioned that.

At the news conference, presided over by Rhonda Amoroso, New Hanover County GOP chairwoman, I asked the prominent visiting Nevadan what advice she might offer to Republican Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano, who is in the midst of a primary battle to win the right to whip incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre.

Angle: The best advice I can give to anyone who is entering into the public arena is to walk your talk. Don’t just tell us what you’re going to do – but do what you tell us. We’ve become very cynical as voters out here. We’ve heard the smooth talkers, and we’re not buying it anymore. What we want to know is that you will stick to your promises. And your campaign speeches and statements need to reflect the Constitution. 

VS: What are your own political plans going forward?

Angle: At the moment I’m the chairman of Our Voice PAC, and, in fact, if you want to get a copy of my book, “Right Angle, One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim the Constitution,” and you’re not able to come this evening, you can go to our website or, and you can get a copy of that book. But my goal right now is two-fold – first, to complete what we started with Harry Reid, and that is to remove him from that Senate leadership by doing independent expenditures in four Senate races where we feel like the Democrats are vulnerable. The second goal is to ensure that we have fair and honest elections, so we want integrity in elections – not just in Nevada but across the nation. As the chair of that PAC I can’t run for office, but I could resign as chair and run for office. So what I’m actually saying is that I’m not ruling out any of those options.
In the news conference, Sharron Angle touched on a range of subjects, such as immigration, honest and transparency in government, the Occupy movement, taxation and jobs. New Hanover County Republican Chairwoman Amoroso said Sharron Angle was sure to be a popular keynoter for the Reagan event because of “her drive, energy, and principles. She is destined to emerge as a leader of national stature.”