Reid, Angle spar over old website

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAfter the loss of three giants of conservation, Biden must pick up the mantle Photos of the Week: Voting rights, former Sen. Harry Reid and snowy owls Black Democrats hammer Manchin for backing filibuster on voting rights MORE (D-Nev.) and Republican nominee Sharron Angle traded jabs over the weekend after Angle's campaign took legal action to prevent her opponent from re-posting an old version of her campaign website on the Internet.

Last week Reid's campaign posted a previous version of Angle's website at after claims that Angle had scrubbed 75 percent of the content related to her policy positions following her win in the June 8 Republican primary.

“Obviously, Sharron Angle’s new handlers are as alarmed by the prospect of promoting Angle’s extreme and dangerous agenda for Nevada as most mainstream voters will be when they learn her true views,” said Reid campaign communications director Kelly Steele upon the site's launch.


Within 24 hours, a lawyer from the Angle campaign responded with a cease-and-desist letter accusing Reid's campaign of misappropriating copyrighted materials by re-posting the website and capturing the names and e-mail addresses of Angle supporters under false pretenses.

“Make no mistake, the Reid campaign was forced to take this site down because they were breaking several laws and trying to deceive the voters,” Angle spokesman Jerry Stacy said. “You’re going to see a lot of dirty tricks like that from Reid in this campaign.”

Reid's campaign responded by replacing the site with another more clearly intended to lampoon Angle and her policy positions. Despite its apparent capitulation, Reid's campaign still mocked the letter as a "threat of a frivolous lawsuit" and took a parting shot of its own.

“These are Sharron Angle’s positions in Sharron’s own words from Sharron’s own website. What was good enough for Nevada voters to read during the primary should be good enough for them now,” said Reid campaign spokesman Jon Summers.

“This is a clear case of a desperate man doing desperate things to win," Angle's spokesman said. "We knew that Harry Reid was trailing in the polls, and that he would do anything to win — but for Harry Reid’s campaign to resort to actually breaking the law is amazing even for him."

"Harry Reid may feel like he is above the law when he’s off in Washington, but back here in Nevada we expect better from our leaders."