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Sharron Angle Campaign Team Profiled Democrats & Reporters, Ex-Staffer Claims

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 11/19/10 09:52 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:15 PM ET

Sharron Angle Democrat Profiling

Failed Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle's (R) campaign had an established protocol for handling people who "looked like" members of the undesirable trio of Democrats, Reid supporters and the press, a former member of the Angle team recently admitted to Jon Ralston, dean of Nevada political reporting.

Here's what Ralson says he learned from the Angle insider:

Team Angle put campaign volunteers through a three-hour indoctrination. Included was an instruction of what to do if anyone came into the office who looked like a Democrat, a Reid supporter or a member of the media -- they all look alike! -- and that order was to dial a certain extension in front of the interloper and say, "It's time to water the plants." Sounds like Don Adams might have been on the other end of the line. You can't make this stuff up, folks.

Though there was apparently no further insight into the supposed key identifiers of Democrats and the other groups, such actions seem to be in line with a campaign and a candidate that became renowned for their strict devotion to avoiding difficult interactions.

Most notably, Angle was accused of dispatching a decoy to avoid facing the media after a press event in October.

And if it seems that Angle's camp would have been more respectful or accommodating to the Tea Party groups that supported her heavily throughout her campaign, think again.

Another gem from Ralston's report:

Finally, the political pros had their own handle for the local tea partiers who sometimes had Angle's ear. They took to calling them collectively: The Island of Misfit Toys. In case, you don't know the reference, it's from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a place where defective or unwanted toys are sent.

For more information, visit his full story.

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