Angle Calls Unemployed ‘Spoiled,’ Says Senators Are ‘Not In Business Of Creating Jobs’

Sharron Angle, the GOP Nevada Senate candidate and tea party favorite, has had a rough start to her general campaign to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). After facing criticism for wanting to privatize Social Security, Angle tried to “weasel her way out by calling it “personalization.” An Angle aide called a reporter an “idiot” for asking about Angle’s suggestion that “Second Amendment remedies” might be used to soothe voter anger.

Adding to her troubles, Angle said in an interview with a local Nevada affiliate that the country’s unemployed are “spoiled“:

ANGLE: You can make more money on unemployment then you can going down and getting one of those jobs that is an honest job, but [] doesn’t pay as much. And so that’s what’s happened to us is that we have put in so much entitlement into our government that we really have spoiled our citizenry and said “you don’t want the jobs that are available.”

And in a campaign appearance last month, the GOP Senate nominee said she has no interest in bringing jobs to her state:

ANGLE: As your U.S. Senator, I’m not in the business of creating jobs. … People ask me, “What are you gonna do to develop jobs in your state?” Well that’s not my job as a U.S. Senator — to bring industry to this state. That’s the lieutenant governor’s job, that’s your state senator’s and assemblymen’s job, that’s your secretary of state’s job to make a climate here in the state that says, “Y’all come.”

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Yet despite her claim that a senator’s job is not to bring jobs to the state, Angle attacked Reid specifically for not bringing jobs to Nevada. From an interview interview with Human Events this week:

HUMAN EVENTS: What are the three reasons why Harry Reid needs to go come November?

ANGLE: Fourteen percent unemployment in the state of Nevada, the highest foreclosure rate in the nation in Nevada, and the highest rate of bankruptcy in Nevada. That is where people have really held Harry Reid accountable because Harry Reid doesn’t care about their jobs. He doesn’t care that they are having trouble staying in their homes and that’s why Harry Reid needs to be fired.

Angle also echoed that same sentiment in an interview with Sean Hannity last week. “We have 14 percent unemployment,” she said. “We’re tired of it. And it’s time to say Harry Reid, you’ve failed.”

Perhaps most outlandish is Angle’s most recent Web ad, attacking Reid for challenging her when he should be focusing on problems like, you guessed it, unemployment. (HT: Little Green Footballs.)

Charlie Eisenhood