What do you do if you call a press conference and the press shows up? Refuse to answer questions, turn your back and walk out was the option chosen by Sharron Angle who is running against Harry Reid for his U. S. Senate seat.
As News4 of Reno put it,
“U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle invited local media to attend a press event in Reno Wednesday morning, but when members of the
media tried to ask the candidate questions she didn’t answer.”
The report goes on that, when reporters tried to ask questions as Angle was walking away, “she actually ignored the questions, looked straight ahead and kept walking.” The “press event” in question was comprised of Angle signing a pledge to repeal the estate tax if elected. University of Nevada Political Science Professor Erik Herzik had this to say about the unusual press conference,
“This is part of the skill of the candidate. If you’re given a question you don’t like, answer the question you want to answer. Turn the question around. And she’s not doing that. Turning her back and walking away from a camera is a pretty damning visual image for a candidate.”
Making the event even curiouser is that Angle is from the general Reno/Washoe County area. The event was being held on her turf with only local media invited. Further confusion came later when News4 emailed the Angle campaign for an explanation, thinking they’d hear about her pressing schedule or some other reason for the unusual behavior. The email was not answered.
[Author’s Note: the, admittedly bad, photo above is from a video of Angle walking away from reporters at her “press conference”].
Cross posted at Elijah’ Sweete Spot.
Contributor, aka tidbits. Retired attorney in complex litigation, death penalty defense and constitutional law. Former Nat’l Board Chair: Alzheimer’s Association. Served on multiple political campaigns, including two for U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR). Contributing author to three legal books and multiple legal publications.