THE ANGLE TO THE RIGHT OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY…. Just how far from the American mainstream is Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee in Nevada to the U.S. Senate? For a while, she was a member of a right-wing political party that was more extreme than the Republican Party.
As it happens, one party on the ballot — the Independent American Party of Nevada — is a party that Angle herself once belonged to.
The Independent American Party of Nevada was resurrected as a state-recognized party in 1992 by Angle and others. It favors low taxes and opposes gun control, illegal immigration, abortion, gay rights and “global government.” […]
The Reno Gazette-Journal reported in 2002 that Angle had been one of the Nevada voters to sign papers to revive the party in a drive organized by its late founder, Daniel Hansen, and that she’d remained a member until 1997.
Apparently, Angle was a Republican, then left the GOP to get involved with the IAPN, and then re-registered as a Republican in March 1997. During her tenure with the party, the IAPN launched an effort to get a ballot measure what would give Nevadans “the constitutional right to discriminate against homosexuals.”
Barbara Morrill also did some cursory research, and found a report noting that IAPN paid for a newspaper insert ad that described homosexuality “as a ‘putrid indulgence,’ and depicts gay sex in graphically excremental terms and in language that occasionally verges on soft-core porn.”
In related news, the Republican mayor of Reno, who had supported Sue Lowden’s Senate campaign, announced yesterday that he’ll support Harry Reid (D) over Angle. “She’s an ultra-right winger,” Reno Mayor Bob Cashell (R) said. “I can’t support her. I don’t support her.”
Dawn Gibbons, Nevada’s First Lady and a former Republican state assembly member who served with Angle, also threw her support to Harry Reid.