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April 19, 2014

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State GOP, which wants to block Angle, gets legal opinion that could…block Angle

The state GOP, which is petrified of the prospect of Sharron Angle winning the CD2 special election, has obtained a legal opinion that says the special election must be done through a nominating process through central committees -- an interpretation that, coincidentally, could hurt Sharron Angle's chances. The letter, from Reno attorney David O'Mara, also buffs up Secretary of State Ross Miller as the greatest, most non-partisan SOS ever (so he'll obviously do what we want him to do.).

So, so transparent, my Republican friends.

Other legal scholars, including some of both parties in DC, think a free-for-all with no primary and many candidates is called for -- I have posted one such analysis elsewhere on this blog -- and that the statute O'Mara refers to does not apply here.

In a delicious irony, O'Mara is the same guy who tried to help Angle last year with allegations of voter intimidation complaints and on the Harrah's workers controversy. From TPM last year:

The lawyer who filed the complaint, David O'Mara, filed it on behalf of the Nevada Republican Party. But O'Mara later admitted that he does not work for the NRP -- instead, he works for an affiliate, the Nevada GOP Victory Committee. The NRP chairman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he's "aware" of O'Mara but does not work directly with him.

O'Mara has also filed a complaint claiming that unions intimidated members into voting for Democratic candidates, a charge the unions deny. Miller has not issued a response to that complaint.

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The state GOP may believe it can control the central committee to block Angle. But even if Miller decides O'Mara is correct, that is no guarantee -- although this is an obvious move to try to diminish her chances.

Opinion at right.

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