“I must begin to raise money immediately if Republicans intend to hold this seat,” Angle wrote in an email to supporters on Friday.
“Instead of more than a year to prepare, I must now raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in just WEEKS,” Angle continued. “Our message will be first to hit the doors of NV-CD 2 and the airwaves and as a team the last to leave it, but only if we can raise money today to prepare for the launch of the special election contest.”
If Miller rules that the parties can pick their candidates, Angle is not expected to be selected by the state GOP central committee, which would have several other options. State GOP Chairman Mark Amodei and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki are considering bids, while retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk Lippold and state Sen. Greg Brower are already running.
“The Democrats want this seat,” Angle wrote. “The left wing of the Republican Party wants it more. Instead of an open process — already they are behind closed doors, choosing one of their own to be the preferred candidate in the race. This is exactly why I am running and why I need your help — to put an end to special interest politics!”
On the Democratic side, Treasurer Kate Marshall is strongly considering running, while former House candidate Jill Derby told the Associated Press this week she is planning to run. Last year’s Democratic nominee, Nancy Price, who lost to Heller by 30 points, is already running.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.