Reid campaign officials took the site down after Angle’s attorney sent them a cease-and-desist letter. But the offending page was a shot-by-shot duplicate of Angle’s pre-primary website, highlighting many of her most controversial positions, including her call to dismantle the U.S. Department of Education. After winning the GOP nomination, Angle removed the site and relaunched a glitzier one that toned down some of her more conservative ideas. (The Reid site's address, www.therealsharronangle.com, now directs users to a Nevada Democratic Party site criticizing Angle.)
Jerry Stacy, a spokesman for Angle’s campaign, accused Reid of “breaking several laws and trying to deceive the voters” by reposting the original site. The campaign said Reid could have illegally gained information about Angle supporters who may have submitted information while the fake website was live. “You’re going to see a lot of dirty tricks like that from Reid in this campaign,” Stacy said. “This is a clear case of a desperate man doing desperate things to win.”
But Reid’s campaign pushed back, dismissing Angle’s action as a “frivolous lawsuit.” “Sharron Angle is trying to silence, well, Sharron Angle,” Jon Summers, a Reid spokesman, said in a statement. “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.”
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