By Shawn Meehan, Photos by Angela Refsland
Tuesday morning, Sharron Angle, Republican U.S. Senate Candidate from Nevada, held a campaign meeting at “88 Cups of Coffee,” in Minden, Nevada. The weather at seven in the morning was approximately 40° as people equipped themselves with that essential hot cup of coffee. The cold did not put off the vast majority of an estimated one-hundred attendees from staying for the entire two hours of the outdoor event.
From the start, Mrs. Angle’s message of appropriate and constitutional role of the Federal Government drew applause from the early morning crowd. When asked by the moderator to tell the story about how she first got interested in politics, her answer caused the loudest appreciation of the morning. Sharron told the crowd, “…what happened is the government got between us and our children.” Sharron had begun homeschooling her son after he had had difficulty in preschool. She achieved remarkable success, as he has gone on to graduate at the top of his class in high school, have a successful college career, now a high school teacher himself.
Since I've gotten to know about Sharron, this education story stands out as one of her strongest selling points. Can anyone argue the basic human nature of a mother protecting her child and how that positively impacts the greater good of our country? The legal system in the State of Nevada tried to, ultimately being proven wrong, prevent Mrs. Angle from homeschooling her son. She took her battle to the Nevada Legislature, and her future in politics was sealed when this loving mother was rebuffed by a politician that felt he had more important and better things to do than listen to The People. This is the light in which Sharron’s desire to eliminate the Department of Education (DOE) should be considered.
Sharron is becoming a focused and poised candidate after a surprising come-from-behind victory earlier this year in the Nevada Republican Primary. Many felt she got a slow start towards November once Republicans chose her as their standard bearer. During the event this morning I was able to speak with a few of her campaign staff and got a sense that her campaign is becoming well-defined and focused in its objectives. It seems like the running joke among her staff is a minor frustration with the fact that their candidate enjoys shaking every hand and answering every question, making their jobs very challenging to get Sharron to her next event.
I encourage those not currently supporting Sharron to research the facts. Her growing appeal, steadfastness, and strength of character in the face of inaccurate attacks tells a story. With the information available today it is not too difficult to find out where candidates stand on the issues, however, it is difficult to assess a candidate’s personal integrity. I personally agree with Mrs. Angle on the majority of her platform, but what struck me more than anything as I shook her hand and looked into her eyes, was sincerity. Sharron Angle stands the best chance of representing Nevadans and working to right the tilting ship that is the United States of America.
Shawn Meehan and Angela Refsland are both members of the Douglas County Republican Central committee.
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