Angle Returns, This Time as a House Candidate

Sharron Angle is back, running not for Senate, but for the House of Representatives.

The scandalized Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) announced his resignation last week, and Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) tapped Rep. Dean Heller (R) of Nevada's Second Congressional District to replace him, opening up a special election to replace him in the House.

Angle asked her supporters for money in an email Friday afternoon, saying she'll only run for the House seat if she can raise enough cash to make it worthwhile:

A Special Election must take place in the next 180 days. I must begin to raise money immediately if Republicans intend to hold this seat. Will you make an urgent contribution of $25, $50, $100 or even $250 right now?

When I won the Republican Primary in June of 2010, Harry Reid and his allies outspent me by millions of dollars on attack ads. By the time I had the money to respond, it was too late.

That's not going to happen again - not with your help.

Instead of more than a year to prepare, I must now raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in just WEEKS. I must do this so WE can set the agenda, not our opponents. Our message will be first to hit the doors of NV-CD 2 and the airwaves and as a team the last to leave it, but only if we can raise money today to prepare for the launch of the special election contest.

Angle caught enough national attention from tea partiers across the county in 2010 that she probably will be able to raise enough money to make herself competitive, and probably will run. In fact, few House candidates enjoy a national political base like Angle's.

Angle shot up to prominence out of nowhere around this time last year. When Tea Party Express endorsed her in the spring of 2010 and started airing ads on her behalf, she quickly began to dominate GOP primary polls in the race to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

As a poster child for the tea party movement, Angle is a favorite, and I mean a big-time favorite, of the national Democratic establishment. With the possible exception of Delaware's Christine O'Donnell, liberals love mocking Angle more than any other politician in America. Her more out-of-the-mainstream policy views are well known: She called for the elimination of the Dept. of Education, for instance, and for the phasing-out of Social Security.

Reid defeated Angle 50 percent to 45 percent, and Democrats in Washington breathed a gigantic sigh of relief. Had Angle won, the party would have been completely deflated. Reid's reelection victory was the biggest bright spot that prevented the devastating 2010 election results from completely disheartening the party's ranks.