Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle goes missing after win, Carly Fiorina channels Gordon Brown in California and politics gets a little weirder down in South Carolina.
What would Rand do?
Angle is challenging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), one of the top targets for the Republicans this cycle, but she hasn’t been seen or heard from since Tuesday.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Angle "went into bunker mode the day after her victory. She shut down her website, except for a fundraising plea, ignored interview requests and avoided questions. Meanwhile, the Democrats and the Reid campaign unleashed a stream of attacks aimed at giving her a shock-and-awe jolt and painting her as a fringe candidate."
Angle has views that are in line with those of Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul (R), another surprise primary winner, and she's likely being told by national operatives to stay off the air until she's up to speed on the party's actual positions.
In the meantime, Reid is expected to release two new TV spots Thursday and in the evening to hold a campaign rally with Bill Clinton.
At least she didn't say 'bigoted'
Republican Senate nominee Fiorina made national news for offering some candid remarks before an interview Wednesday.
Turns out the CNN microphones were on and captured what she said. "I find it really surprising that on the first day of the general, Meg Whitman's going on 'Sean Hannity,' " she says in the recording. "I think it’s bizarre. She's never been on 'Sean Hannity.' I think it's a very bad choice, actually. You know how he is. … Sean Hannity is not an easy interview."
She later criticizes Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-Calif.) hair as "so yesterday."
Meanwhile, the Los Angles Times has a piece with the headline, "Republicans seek early momentum for general election." This won't help.
They've got the wrong man
South Carolina Democrats may have nominated a "plant" for Senate, according to House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.).
He's calling on the U.S. attorney's office in South Carolina to investigate the unusual circumstances that led to Alvin Greene winning the Democratic nod on Tuesday.
"There were some real shenanigans going on in the South Carolina primary," Clyburn said during an appearance on the liberal Bill Press radio show. "I don't know if he was a Republican plant; he was someone’s plant."
Clyburn said he found it strange that the relatively unknown Greene was able to produce the money to register and run for Senate despite being unemployed. Greene allegedly tried to pay in cash, and Clyburn said he wondered whether or not an outside party might have funded both that and Greene's campaign, in violation of federal campaign finance laws.
The news that Greene is facing felony charges for allegedly howing obscene photos to a college co-ed is a growing embarrassment for South Carolina Democrats.
Greene told The Associated Press he's the people's choice and will not step aside. He faces the nearly impossible task of trying to unseat Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).
— Michael O'Brien contributed to this post.