Politics

Nevada Senate Candidate Directs Voters to Porn Page

Campaign mailer printed wrong URL for opponent's website

Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle said her campaign sent voters a mailer that directed them to a pornography web site by mistake. (Bill Clark/Roll Call file photo)

Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle said she meant to direct voters to her opponent's website instead of a page full of graphic images of anime characters having sex.  

Angle, who is running against Rep. Joe Heck in a tight GOP primary race that could determine control of the Senate, apologized Thursday for printing the wrong web address in her mailer and quickly changed the URL in a digital version, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.  

Angle's campaign added that it is hard to keep track of Heck's official site because he has registered so many.  

“The campaign has absolutely nothing to do with this domain, and sincerely apologizes for this printing error as the Heck campaign has changed their web address a number of times,” an emailed statement printed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal said.  

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Heck's campaign manager told the newspaper that the candidate has only used two domains in this and previous campaigns, drjoeheck.com and heck4nevada.com. The website on Angle's mailer was joeheck.com.  

“The Angle campaign has been spreading misinformation to voters and unfortunately this is only the latest, ridiculous, dirty trick,” Brian Baluta said in an email to the newspaper.  

The Nevada race to replace retiring Senate minority leader Harry Reid is considered one of the best Republican takeover opportunities in the country, and is rated a Tossup by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.  

Heck, a three-term House Republican and establishment favorite in the race, was expected to easily win the party's June 14 primary until Angle entered the race in March.  

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Angle, the tea party favorite, lost to Sen. Harry Reid in 2010 and has a history of campaign blunders. In that race, she infamously told a gathering of young Latinos that they looked Asian, and suggested that "Second Amendment remedies" might be necessary to stop Congress.    

The joeheck.com domain was registered in 2009 and last updated on Monday, according to the domain name registration service Godaddy.com. It is one of more than 200 domains registered to John Rashad in St. Paul, Minnesota, according to Whois.com, a website that tracks domain registrations. Those sites including joeheck.org, which also redirects traffic to the cartoon sex site.  

Rashad did not immediately return a voicemail message Thursday.  

Most of the sites redirect to advertisements but one, condoleezza.com, contains political slogans and photographs of candidates. It endorses positions such as the support of Roe v. Wade, the right to bear arms and the legalization of marijuana.  

A disclaimer on that site says it is "maintained by independent voters." It also makes reference to the joeheck.com domain. "Information at JoeHeck.com is exclusively of a general, educational, sometimes satirical, but mostly political free speech nature," it says.

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